28 July 2012
Last updated at 03:01
Thuli Madonsela says she does not remember corruption being “this bad”
“She’s not a superwoman, she’s just an ordinary person doing her job” is one anti-corruption campaigner’s blunt assessment of Thuli Madonsela, the woman the press often calls just Thuli.
Her investigations have led to the sacking of some of the most senior figures in the state, most recently the country’s former police chief, Bheki Cele, who was suspended over a property leasing scandal in 2011.
The softly spoken mother of two has become a one-woman corruption crusader.
David Lewis, chief executive of the newly launched campaign group Corruption Watch has described her as “South Africa’s most important bulwark against corruption”, who has inspired hope among millions of citizens looking for better service delivery.
Although her title of public protector may sound mundane, Mrs Madonsela has captured the imagination of South Africans and the media for her no-nonsense style and her ability to deliver.
Thuli Madonsela’s work led to the suspension of national police chief Bheki Cele in 2011
Add to that her credentials as a former lawyer in the trade union movement during the fight
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