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30. May 2016

Thuli Madonsela honored with German Africa Prize

Some have called her a woman of steel. Others say she is the voice of the voiceless. As the public protector, Thuli Madonsela has worked tirelessly to protect the public from corruption and incompetence by government institutions and officials. Now she has been awarded the German Africa Foundation's annual prize for exceptional contributions to promoting peace, democracy and human rights. Madonsela, a 53 year-old mother of two, was appointed public protector by President Jacob Zuma in 2009. Her term in office comes to an end later this year. It's a job established by the constitution to investigate misconduct in state affairs and operates independently of the government. Since her appointment, Madonsela has demanded equal accountability from both the weak and the most powerful. Among her more courageous acts was demanding that President Zuma pay back part of the public funds used for renovating his private home. (Source: DW)

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