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Thuli Madonsela Bio, Biography, Age, Husband (Dick Foxton), Children, Net Worth Awards and Publications

In late July 2018, it was revealed that Madonsela was engaged to Dick Foxton, a public relations consultant.

Thuli Madonsela Bio, Biography

Thulisile Nomkhosi “Thuli” Madonsela was born on 28 September 1962. She is a South African advocate and Professor of law, holding a chair in social justice at Stellenbosch University since January 2018. She served as the Public Protector of South Africa from 19 October 2009 to 14 October 2016. In 1996, she helped draft the final constitution of South Africa promulgated by then President Nelson Mandela.
Public Protector of South Africa
In office 19 October 2009 – 14 October 2016
Appointed by Former SA President Jacob Zuma
Deputy Kevin Malunga
Preceded by Lawrence Mushwana
Succeeded by Busisiwe Mkhwebane
Personal details
Born Thulisile Nomkhosi Madonsela  on 28 September 1962 Johannesburg, South Africa
Age 55 Years old as of 2018
Spouse (s) In late July 2018, it was revealed that Madonsela was engaged to Dick Foxton, a public relations consultant. Her former husband died while her children were of a young age.
Children Mbusowabantu FidelWenzile Una
  • University of Swaziland
  • University of the Witwatersrand
Parents Bafana and Nomasonto
Occupation Ombudsman
Profession Lawyer
Net Worth Her salary is estimated to be R 1.789 plus an annual gratuity of more than R 1-Million

Thuli Madonsela Early life and Education

Thuli was born in Johannesburg in 1962 to informal traders Bafana and Nomasonto and grew up in Soweto. She went to Evelyn Baring High School in Nhlangano in Swaziland, from where her family originates. She graduated with a BA in Law from the University of Swaziland in 1987, and an LLB from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1990. On 26 March 2015, Thuli Madonsela was awarded a Doctor of Laws degree, LL.D. (Honoris causa) from the University of Stellenbosch. She was further awarded another Doctor of Laws degree, LL.D. (Honoris causa) from the University of Cape Town; the award ceremony took place at Jameson Hall on 11 June 2015.

She also has an honorary doctorate from Rhodes University and the University of Fort Hare.

Thuli Madonsela Politics

Madonsela was, until 2007, a conventional individual from the Pretoria branch of the African National Congress (ANC). During the apartheid era, Madonsela served in the ANC and the United Democratic Front anti-apartheid organisation. She believes that holding political office would not be her “best contribution as a person”. In 1994 she declined the position of ANC MP in South Africa’s first post-apartheid Parliament. In January 2014 it was reported that several ANC branches in Gauteng had unsuccessfully nominated her as a candidate to represent the ANC in the National Assembly or one of the provincial legislatures in the 2014 general election. Her spokesperson said she was unaware of the nomination and would not have accepted it.

Thuli Madonsela Early Life

Madonsela worked for trade unions and in both the public and private sectors from the 1980s. She was a member of the team who drafted the final constitution of South Africa promulgated by then-President Nelson Mandela in 1996. After Mandela’s demise, Madonsela paid a tribute to him: “We will always admire him for gladly submitting his administration to the scrutiny of checks and balances such as the courts and institutions supporting democracy when its actions came into question.” Before her appointment as Public Protector, Madonsela served as a full-time member of the South African Law Reform Commission, appointed to the position in 2007 by then-President Thabo Mbeki.

Madonsela was appointed Public Protector by President Jacob Zuma for a non-renewable seven-year term starting 19 October 2009, with unanimous support from the multi-party National Assembly. At the declaration of her appointment, Zuma said Madonsela “will need to ensure that this office continues to be accessible to ordinary citizens and undertakes its work without fear or favour”. Madonsela likens her role as Public Protector to the Venda chief’s paternal aunt known as the makhadzi, a non-political figure who “gives the people a voice while giving the traditional leader a conscience”.

In 2012, she investigated “kickbacks” received by Julius Malema with regards to traffic department contracts given to external contractor On-Point Engineering.

Thuli Madonsela Personal life

Madonsela raised her two children, a boy and a girl, as a single parent. Her husband died when the children were very young. In 1980, Madonsela began her career as an assistant teacher at her former school, Evelyn Baring High School, in Swaziland. In 1982 she became an assistant teacher at Naledi High School in Soweto, one of the schools at the centre of the 1976 Soweto Uprising.

In late July 2018, it was revealed that Madonsela was engaged to Dick Foxton, a public relations consultant.

Thuli Madonsela Awards

  • 2011 – Daily Maverick named her South African Person of the Year for “serving her role as an ombudsman to the exercise of executive power with unwavering commitment to truth”.
  • 2014 – Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in the Leaders category and described her as “an inspirational example of what African public officers need to be”.
  • 2014 – Glamour Women of the Year awards – named Woman of Courage
  • 2014 – ANN7 South African of the Year
  • 2014 – Transparency International Integrity Award
  • 2015 – Doctor of Law (honoris causa), University of Fort Hare (2013), Stellenbosch University (March), Rhodes University (April) and University of Cape Town (June)
  • 2016 – FW de Klerk Goodwill Award
  • 2016 – Forbes African Person of the year
  • 2016 – Chosen as one of the BBC’s 100 Women
  • 2016 – German Africa Prize

Thuli Madonsela Publications

  • Madonsela, Thuli (1995). “Beyond Putting Women on the Agenda”.
  • Madonsela, Thuli (1995). “A fair deal for the woman worker?”. In Liebenberg, Sandra. The Constitution of South Africa from a gender perspective. Cape Town: Community Law Centre at the University of the Western Cape in association with David Philip. 
  • Maluleke, Mikateko Joyce; Madonsela, Thuli (2004). Women and the law in South Africa: Gender equality jurisprudence in landmark court decisions (PDF). Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.
  • Madonsela, Thuli (September 2012). “Corruption” (PDF). Quarterly roundtable. Johannesburg: Helen Suzman Foundation.
  • Madonsela, Thuli (19 March 2014). Secure in Comfort (PDF). Public Protector South Africa. 


Moses Njoroge is the Senior Editor at Glob Intel, a news and IT service provider company. He has a wide range of experience in freelance writing, Web/System Development and other related IT services.

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