The former South African Public Protector received her fifth honorary doctorate in Law. 

The former Public Protector of South Africa, Advocate Thuli Madonsela, was honoured by her alma mater, Wits University, at a graduation ceremony at the main campus on Tuesday, March 28.

Madonsela received an honorary doctorate for her contribution to South African law in front of a packed Great Hall audience, 27 years after she completed her LLB degree at the institution.

Madonsela, who served as the public protector from 2009 to 2016, focused her acceptance speech on the importance of leadership from the individual to the national level.

The advocate also praised Wits University for playing a crucial role in her law career referring to Wits as a “center of excellence” that has groomed many leaders including herself. Speaking directly to the new graduates in the room, Madonsela said, “One more thing that I do not want to see going forward, is a graduate who says ‘I am unemployed’. I think it is an insult to your leadership that has brought you to the position where you are to tell someone as a graduate that you are unemployed”.

Madonsela has established the Thuli Madonsela Foundation to assist young people with self-leadership and difficulties in securing employment.

Madonsela is one of the five recipients of honorary degrees during the March round of graduations. The others are South African businessman Patrice Motsepe, Discovery CEO Adrian Gore , Justice Carole Lewis and academic and activist, Eddie Webster.