VC Open Lecture: Thuli Madonsela

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Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng invites you to the Vice-Chancellor's Open Lecture

'Education and the complex shadow of our unjust past'

With guest speaker: Professor Thuli Madonsela

Professor Thuli Madonsela

Professor Madonsela has been a lifelong activist on social justice, constitutionalism, human rights, good governance and the rule of law and is one of the drafters of South Africa’s Constitution. In 2014 she was named one of TIME100’s most influential people in the world and was Forbes Africa Person of the Year in 2016. 

An Advocate of the High Court of South Africa, Professor Madonsela recently completed a seven-year term as South Africa’s Public Protector, an oversight body responsible for investigating and redressing maladministration, corruption, executive ethic violations and related improprieties in state affairs. Prior to this she served in various leadership capacities in civil society and government.

Globally Professor Madonsela is revered for her integrity and fearlessness in enforcing accountability and justice in the exercise of public power and use of public resources. Thus, her work has received national and global recognition, including several lifetime achievement awards. 

She has five honorary Doctor of Law degrees, from Wits University, Stellenbosch University, University of Cape Town, University of Fort Hare and Rhodes University, with two approved honorary doctorates awaiting a date of conferment. 

Her numerous accolades include: South African Law Society’s Truth and Justice Award, the General Council of the Bar’s Sydney and Felicia Kentridge Award, the Commonwealth Lawyers Association’s Truth and Justice Award, Transparency International’s Integrity Award, the German Africa Prize and Africa Anticorruption Crusader Award amongst others. 

This is an opportunity to hear from one of our greatest legal minds. Please join me in what is sure to be an inspiring session. 

Date:      Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Time:     18:00 for 18:30

Venue:   Sarah Baartman Hall, University Avenue South, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town

Thank you for your interest in the VC’s Open Lecture with Professor Thuli Madonsela. Due to the overwhelming response the lecture venue has now reached capacity and RSVP’s are closed.

The event will be livestreamed online at 18:30 on Wednesday, 21 August 2019 and can be accessed via our homepage: