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German Africa Award for Public Protector Thuli Madonsela

May 19, 2016

Thuli Madonsela will be awarded with the prestigious German Africa Award 2016 from the German Africa Foundation to honour her engagement in safeguarding the rule of law. The South African Public Protector will receive the award at a special ceremony in Berlin later this year.

“Being awarded the German Africa Award in her last year of office is a sign of appreciation for her achievements in the role as Public Protector,” stresses German Ambassador Lindner. “Mandonsela’s engagement for democracy and the rule of law is outstanding and will serve as a role model for many years to come,” Lindner argues.

Madonsela joins the ranks of influential Africans such as Tunisian Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Houcine Abassi, who received the award last year. The award was established 38 years ago in order to promote and facilitate dialogue between the business, economic and political sector of both countries and is supported by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Annually, a committee of German Members of Parliament as well as representatives from the cultural and business sector review potential candidates for this award. The award is bestowed on Africans that demonstrate exceptional commitment towards promoting peace, rule of law, democracy, human rights and culture on the African continent.

Inspired by former President Nelson Mandela, Madonsela took part in the ANC’s struggle for equality and democracy during the Apartheid era. She was involved as one of eleven technical experts in the drafting of the post-Apartheid South African constitution and appointed as member of the South African Law Reform Commission in 2007 by then-president Thabo Mbeki.

As the first female public protector, Madonsela assumed office in 2009. Since then, national and international voices have complimented her commitment towards the protection of the Constitution. In 2014, she was awarded with the Integrity Award by the renowned NGO Transparency International and listed in the top 100 most influential people in TIME magazine. The Johannesburg-born Public Protector has been acknowledged in the field of academia, receiving four honorary doctorates from the University of Stellenbosch, University of Cape Town and Rhodes University in 2015, as well as the University of Fort Hare in 2013.

German Embassy Pretoria



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