Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela who rocked the Zuma administration with a series of damning findings, has been chosen as the 2016 Forbes Africa Person of the Year.
The leading American business magazine said Madonsela won the coveted award for showing bravery in her quest to bring inconsistencies to the fore .
Madonsela who completed her term last month, has had a glittering career as a lawyer. She was a member of the team which drafted the final constitution of South Africa promulgated by then President Nelson Mandela in 1996.
Prior to 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.
She was appointed Public Protector by President Jacob Zuma for a non-renewable seven-year term commencing 19 October 2009.
Madonsela investigated complaints regarding public spending on Zuma’s private homestead in the KwaZulu-Natal town of Nkandla. Her report found that Zuma had benefited unduly from the US$16 million the state had spent on the upgrades.
In her final report before stepping down, she released her State Capture report which investigated claims that Zuma let the wealthy Gupta family manipulate his Cabinet.
Madonsela is the sixth recipient of the Forbes award. Fellow nominees this year included Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib fellow South African and founder of Capitec Bank Michiel le Roux and the people of Rwanda.