Monday, 4 January 2016

From Intern To Public Protector: Thuli Madonsela

Thulisile "Thuli" Madonsela already had an impressive career as assistant teacher and contract manager when she decided to intern at the Law School Centre, University of the Witwatersrand in 1992.

She is currently the third Public Protector and first woman to occupy the position. Advocate Madonsela was appointed by the President with effect from 15 October 2009 following a unanimous vote by all parties represented in Parliament.

Her postgraduate studies include partial LLM studies and legal courses mainly in the area of Equality, Constitutional Analysis, Administrative Justice, Legal Drafting and Public Administration.

Thuli had a choice within her career of accepting a Harvard scholarship, but chose to remain in South Africa and assist the Constitutional Assembly in drafting South Africa’s new Constitution as one of the technical experts.

She was a also member of a Task Team that prepared constitutional inputs for the Gauteng Province of the African National Congress.

Advocate Thuli Madonsela is a true inspiration to us all.

He are some of her thoughts on success and life: 

"Love is everything and don’t forget to forgive yourself and others."

" Treat people with respect."

"Accept yourself."

"How you deal with conflict and how you deal with triggers will determine your success in your career."

"You've come this far because you have persevered, you have been purposeful and resilient. Going forward in life you will need exactly the same skills that have brought you this far. Realise that you are perfect for your life’s purpose. Things won't always be easy. Some doors will look like they are locked and you are going to have to keep them open. Some doors will be locked but that will be an opportunity to look for other doors."

"See yourself as a leader and be part of the solution. If one door closes, other opportunities open up."

" Continue to learn and grow."

"Be consistent."

"Don’t go with the flow. People should know what you stand for."

"Do no do a shoddy job. Do the job well."

"Follow your heart, whatever you do."

"If you want to go fast, then go alone. However, if you want to go far, take company as by rising with the support of others, your legacy is sustained."

Follow her on Twitter: @ThuliMadonsela3

Source of Quotes:  Real Magazine and University of Cape Town.

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