Law Faculty Trust Chair for Social Justice

Prof Thuli Madonsela

Since the beginning of 2018 Prof Thulisile Nomkhosi “Thuli” Madonsela is the incumbent in the Law Faculty Trust Chair for Social Justice. Prof Madonsela was born in Soweto and obtained the degrees BA (Law) and LLB from the universities of Swaziland and the Witwatersrand, respectively. After teaching at secondary schools for a number of years, she served in various positions in the trade union movement in the mid to late 1980s. In the 1990s she moved to higher education and worked at the University of the Witwatersrand in applied legal studies. She served as technical expert in the drafting of the Constitution before working in the Department of Justice, inter alia as Chief Director Transformation and Equity. She served as a full-time member of the South African Law Reform Commission from 2007 to 2009. In 2009 she was appointed as South Africa’s third Public Protector, her term ending on 14 October 2016.

Prof Madonsela holds honorary doctorates in law from the universities of Stellenbosch, Cape Town and Fort Hare and Rhodes University. She has also been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards such as the Law Society of South Africa’s inaugural Truth and Justice Award; the German Africa Foundation’s annual prize; Transparency International’s prestigious Integrity Award in 2014; and, also in 2014, she was listed as one of TIME Magazine’s top 100 most influential people in the world.

Contact: tmadonsela@sun.ac.za