“I am proud to be part of building a nation out of the ashes of the old one”. Those are the words of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela who was honoured by Stellenbosch University today. Advocate Madonsela received an honorary doctorate at the institution’s graduation ceremony.
The degree Doctor of Laws (LLD), honoris causa, was awarded to Madonsela for what SU calls ‘her unwavering commitment to the Constitution, her contribution to eradicate discrimination through law reform, and her role as fearless advocate for justice’.
Advocate Madonsela told Smile 90.4FM that she was deeply honoured by the affirmation of her and her team’s work. “We get a sense that the nation believes in what we do, as the Constitution requires”.
According the university, Madonsela’s success in this role is reflected in both national and international recognition for her work. In 2012 she was named South Africa’s most influential woman; two years later, Time magazine singled her out as one of the 100 most influential leaders for being “among the tiny but growing band of African public servants giving us hope for the future of the continent”.
The Public Protector highlighted the important role of women in her interview with Smile. She says South African women don’t have to stand back for anyone!
“As an African woman, I’ve learnt the importance of self-definition and living purposefully. It’s vital that every girl determines, as early as possible, who she is and what her contribution to humanity will be.” Thuli Madonsela