Learn from SA female greats - Madonsela

Cape Town - Many lessons can be learned from South African women who rose as leaders even when it was dangerous to do so, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said on Thursday.

In a speech prepared for delivery at a women's leadership conference in Cape Town, she said the lessons were on how to lead with courage and integrity.

Madonsela said leading examples were the lives of anti-apartheid activists Victoria Mxenge, Helen Joseph, and Helen Suzman.

She said she had learnt from these and other women to walk the road less travelled.

"They knew very well that theirs and the fate of the equally oppressed men were interconnected," she said.

"With this in mind, they boldly assumed those leadership roles to their full potential."

Many had disagreed with the government of the day when it was perilous to do so and did what was right while ignoring the risks.

"These leaders were not afraid to put their heads above the parapet. They would not shy away from making unpopular views and decisions," she said.

"All that mattered to them was for what they said and did to be the right thing."

Madonsela said women today did not have to pay such a high price for leading.

Leadership was now about running companies ethically without maladministration, corruption, or malfeasance.

It was also about holding government to account at all times.

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Athena 2014-08-07 05:35:32 PM
Please include yourself in that list of great women who have great courage in the face of danger. Happy Women's Day Madame Madonsela!
On The Edge 2014-08-07 05:36:53 PM
Just run for President already... You are our only hope and you have my vote in ANC (I.e. CancER, can be beaten if you become the first lady President, fact!). Or, leave that self defeating PeePee job as no one listens and join the DA. Again, I will vote for you either way, just not if you join the EFF'ers... they are revolutionaries, stupidly fighting both sides of the fences, namely blacks & whites (proving what I've been saying all along and that being, Africa is better known for fighting with one another than with Caucasians... yet another fact!)
Ian R McNee 2014-08-07 05:45:24 PM
Oh for a president like T M.
Lwandile 2014-08-07 06:01:35 PM
Jesse Duarte is going to come out with guns blazing attacking Thuli so is Mnatshe, ANc women's league and SACP.
Bento Maepa 2014-08-07 06:09:45 PM
Small is the GATE and narrow the ROAD that lead to LIFE, and only a few can find it. The ANC is on a wide road lined with gold - leading us all to HELL - MADAMOISELLE.
Petrus Kruger 2014-08-07 06:11:12 PM
Please Thuli - don't bugger it up with the feminist take .. you are TOO valuable and important for the country ... male and female . Go forth an conquer!!
Anthony Uselesda 2014-08-07 06:15:28 PM
EDITOR YOU AT NEWS24 ARE SUCH A SPINELESS LOT HOW DARE YOU CALL YOYRSELF ''' JOURNALISTS ''' You are a bunch of lousy bookkeepers, bending backwards, or should I say forwards...., to please your Naspers bosses..... Only a few days ago , this useless da poppy, had a simular speech, in which she mentioned; WINNIE MADIKIZELA-MANDELA , SHE MENTIONED, WAS ONE OF THOSE WHO MADE AFRICA BETTER !! But you rather please your uneducated racists, than report the news, without turning it into an emotional anti ANC bs. You are NO different than those apartheid thugs !!! NO DIFFERENT !!! .