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27th March 2024 By The Global Heroes Humanitarian Impacts

Thuli Madonsela Recognized Among Africa's Most 100 Change Makers 2023

Thuli Madonsela, a prominent figure in South African law and advocacy, has been celebrated as one of Africa's top 100 change makers in 2023. Madonsela Served as the Public Protector of South Africa from October 19, 2009, to October 14, 2016.

Madonsela's tenure was marked by her unwavering dedication to justice and fairness. She likened her role to that of a makhadzi, a traditional figure who gives voice to the people and conscience to their leaders.

During her term, Madonsela fearlessly investigated cases of corruption, including allegations against prominent figures like Julius Malema. Her efforts earned her widespread acclaim, including being named South African Person of the Year by Daily Maverick in 2011 and being recognized by Time magazine as one of the world's most influential people in 2014.

In addition to her national accolades, Madonsela's contributions have been acknowledged internationally. In 2018, she was awarded Germany's highest individual honor, the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, for her defense of democratic principles. Furthermore, she was appointed to the United Nations' Scientific Advisory Board in 2023 by Secretary-General António Guterres.

Madonsela's dedication to truth and integrity has earned her numerous awards, including the Glamour Woman of Courage Award in 2014 and the Transparency International Integrity Award in the same year. She has also received multiple honorary doctorates from prestigious universities, recognizing her exceptional contributions to the field of law and social justice.

Being named among Africa’s most impactful 100 change makers is well deserved.

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