Last February, Michael wrote a blog about the then Public Protector in South Africa, Thuli Madonsela. You can read the blog here.
Her term ended recently, so it's a good time to take another look at a bright star in the corrupt state of South Africa - a person who probably enjoys greater visibility and higher approval than anyone else in the land. If the system allowed it (that is a direct vote for President as in the USA, in contrast to the system in the UK and South Africa), she would run away with the vote.
Not only is she smart, but also is very tough, as Michael described.
To quote Marelise van der Merwe of the Daily Maverick:
Be the kind of leader who does not need a title.”
"Just as the power of water often lies in the ability to bend around obstacles, sometimes the most powerful step you can take is a step back.”
The next one should be branded on the forehead of every aspirant politician:
"We need to recognise and enhance the culture of being a servant of citizens, and not a servant of government, as a prerequisite of the public service delivery programmes."Some more quotable quotes:
"It seems that the firmness with which I make decisions was not expected from a woman."
|Zapiro cartoon. The shower on Zuma's head comes from his statement that he prevented any possibility of AIDS by showering after sex.|
Some more quotes:
"Forgiveness does not mean you accept or ignore wrongdoing. It means tackling wrongdoing without hating the wrongdoer."
"I need to listen well so that I hear what is not said."
"As an African woman, I’ve learnt the importance of self-definition and living purposefully. It’s vital that every girl determines, as early as possible, who she is and what her contribution to humanity will be."
"I sleep like a baby. But I do worry about the costs of indifference and self-interest in the public sector. I have seen too much of the pain caused on ordinary people by indifference and selfishness."
"The best advice you will ever receive is from your own soul."
When you see public servants like Thuli Madonsela, you wish devoutly that there were more like her.
We, in South Africa, have a lot to thank her for. We, in the world, have a lot to learn from her.