2 May 2017

South Africa: Review - 'No Longer Whispering to Power: the Story of Thuli Madonsela'

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South Africa's third Public Protector has not been out of office many months, but already Thuli Madonsela's absence is being felt. The loss of her authoritative and somehow reassuring place in the public domain is significant. A new book on her tenure as Public Protector reminds us just how impactful a role Madonsela played in South African politics since 2009 - and how much courage it must have taken to stick to her path. By REBECCA DAVIS.

The story of Thuli Madonsela as Public Protector is, by definition, the story of South Africa's recent history. Thandeka Gqubule's No Longer Whispering to Power is a reminder of what a surreal roller coaster South African politics can be. For this reason, it is a sobering read: even being taken through events that we all know well, like the "scope creep" of Nkandla, leaves one a little breathless at the scale and brazenness of what President Jacob Zuma's leadership has inflicted on the country.

But at the heart of the story are two women who should leave us with a greater sense of optimism about what South Africa is capable of producing. One is, obviously, Thuli Madonsela. The second is author Thandeka Gqubule,...

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