Thuli Madonsela

Former Public Protector, South Africa


Thuli Madonsela is a South African advocate and the former Public Protector of South Africa.She was active in anti-apartheid politics, participating in the African National Congress (ANC) and the United Democratic Front. She was part of the team that drafted the final Constitution of South Africa as promulgated by Nelson Mandela.

She was appointed Public Protector SA by President Jacob Zuma in 2009. Before then, she held various leadership positions in civil society and the public sector. She is the co-architect of the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act, the Employment Equity act and Local Government Transition act.

Thuli Madonsela has written extensively, published and provided training on various aspects of the law, equality and human rights in general. Her work includes co-authoring the Bench Book for Equality Courts, a Resource Book for Equality Court Clerks, a Legal advice Handbook on Family Law and Related Matters and handbooks on Gender Management, gender mainstreaming and Leadership.

Thuli Madonsela spoke at the One Young World Summit 2016 Ottawa, Canada.