Thuli Madonsela

South Africa’s Thuli Madonsela, the former anti-corruption czar, has been named “Forbes Africa Person of the Year.” The annual even sponsored by Forbes since 2011, seeks to present the Person of the Year (POY) to:

“the individual who, for better or worse, has had the most influence on business on the year gone by”. The Forbes Africa Person of the Year Awards has, since its inception in 2011, attracted the highest caliber of nominees from across the continent

The magazine named Madonsela out of a final group comprising 2 presidents, 2 South Africans and 1 country.

John Magufuli

The Tanzanian president John Magufuli, the bulldozer, was nominated for his role in boosting his nation’s economy and promoting gender equality; the president of Mauritania Ameenah Gurib was a nominee for championing the protection of her nations environment. South Africa’s businessman, Michiel Le Roux was nominated for his role in granting banking accessibility to more South Africans through Capitec Bank, the bank he founded, and the people of Rwanda were nominated for the strides they are making particularly in the area of gender equality.

For facing death threats and standing up to these while bringing inconsistences to the attention of the public, Madonsela was the 2016 winner. She left her post as South Africa’s Public Protector with the reputation of the country’s most fearless anti-corruption official ever.

Appointed by Jacob Zuma in 2009 for a non-renewable term of seven years, the president was not spared Madonsela’s scrutiny who demanded after investigating him, that he pays back part of a $16 million state funds used to upgrade his private residence. A court had to stop her from releasing investigative documents that showed the influence of a wealthy family, the Gupta family, in the appointment of ministers.

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