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Forbes Africa Person of the Year for 2016 Thuli Madonsela has shared her dream for South Africa for 2017.


South Africa’s hero, Advocate Thuli Madonsela, has opened up about her dream for South Africa in an opinion piece published by BizNews.

“I have a dream that the people of SA will soon live in harmony and friendship anchored in shared prosperity, broader social justice and human dignity for all with no exceptions based on race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, political affiliation, nationality or any other characteristic of human diversity.”

The respected advocate – who’s been credited with bringing the chapter 9 institution into the spotlight through her ground-breaking investigations against public office bearers – said she hoped that the South African government would become more accountable and service the needs of all.

“I dream of accountable, integrity-centred public governance that is responsive to the needs of all and not just some. I see those entrusted with midwifery of the constitutional promise seeing themselves as stewards who do not respond to legitimate demands for timely delivery of the constitutional promise of a freed potential and improved quality of life by those left behind among us with sneers and repressive force.”

“In my resolute faith in humanity and hope in the power of our shared love for the people of South Africa, I see President Zuma putting South Africa above self and politics by, among others, accepting that constitutional democracy dictates that the Public Protector or any other competent authority can cause him to do what he must when he is not doing so.”

The former Public protector says she dreams of a South Africa that is back in its earned place as a beacon of hope, peace and friendship in our troubled world. Madonsela dreams of a South Africa that is back on track in full pursuit of the dream that inspired the selfless struggles of Pixley Ka Seme, Charlotte Maxeke, Olive Schreiner, Oliver Tambo, Yusuf Dadoo and Cissie Gool and Nelson Mandela, among others.

“I dream of a united nation characterised by shared prosperity and friendship where no one sees themselves as superior or another inferior on the basis of race, gender, disability, age, class, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religion, ethnicity, nationality, social origin or any other form of human diversity.”

Madonsela has shared her dream having faith in the nations’ ability to take its destiny in its own hands as she believes it has resolutely done for centuries. She hopes that the Ubuntu foundations of the people of South Africa and their unconquerable resilient souls will drive the change beckoned by the country, the continent and the world.

“I share this dream with the knowledge that the people of South Africa can and will act fast to ensure that the South African dream is neither deferred nor derailed.”

Madonsela is expected to join the law faculty at Stellenbosch University this year as chair in social justice in the department.

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Sources: BizNews

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