Thuli Madonsela Named Forbes Africa’s Person of the Year 2016

Congratulations to South Africa’s former Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela, who was named the Forbes Africa Person of the Year 2016 at a glittering event in Nairobi, Kenya, this week.

Adv Thuli Madonsela accepts her award in Nairobi. Source: Twitter
Adv Thuli Madonsela accepts her award in Nairobi. Source: Twitter

Madonsela was nominated for her “notable work as South Africa’s Public Protector”.

In accepting the prestigious award, South Africa’s popular advocate said: “Words cannot express the gratitude and honour I feel at being awarded the Forbes Africa Person Of the Year accolade.”

Madonsela said the annual Forbes’ award “gives us an opportunity to proudly celebrate our strengths as the African people.”


She thanks Forbes Africa and Africa “for making it easy for me to serve purposefully and impactful.”

Forbes Africa turned five this year and claims to be “the number one business magazine” on the continent (although their website still doesn’t work properly).

Forbes said the former PP was picked the winner because of her courage in her “quest to bring inconsistencies to the fore” (of which there were many, including Nkandla and State Capture, during her tenure!).

Fellow nominees included South African Capitec Bank co-founder, Michiel le Roux, Tanzania’s popular President John Magufuli, Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib and the people of Rwanda.

Fans rushed to congratulate Madonsela on Twitter, thanking her for being a beacon of hope and setting an example of integrity, objectivity and professionalism.

Madonsela answered: “Supremely humbled. It was an honour to serve.”

And to all the calls for Madonsela to run for President, she replied: “Humbled but not my cup of tea.”