South Africa has many great leaders – but is also facing many challenges caused by a lack of appropriate leadership.
That was the message from former public protector Thuli Madonsela to graduates at the University of Witwatersrand last night.
Wits awarded Madonsela an honorary doctorate in law in recognition of her steadfastness and integrity in seeking out corruption and upholding South Africa’s constitutional democracy.
It is her fifth honorary doctorate from a South African university.
Madonsela told qualification recipients that good leadership was needed to shape the country.
“Our graduation takes place in the midst of challenging times . . . To be a leader, you have to inspire hope and make people believe there is a better way than the status quo,” she said.
“It is‚ therefore‚ not that we lack leaders. We face many challenges today because of a lack of appropriate leadership and a lot of fingers have been pointed at the executive branch of government [while] some fingers have been pointed at corporations for failure to comply with the laws.”
Madonsela ended her speech by emphasising that leaders who mean what they say in the public domain demonstrate this by “walking the talk”.
During her term in office, which ended on October 15, Madonsela was hailed as a defender of democracy and justice. – TMG Digital