Saluting A Giver of Hope & Courage


How South African! An advert in tribute to outgoing Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela, who serves her last day as Public Prosecutor today, created by South African fast food restaurant chain Nando’s.

Referring to Madonsela’s courage in questioning even the leader of the country, the advert says “Always the griller. Never the chicken” and “Thuli, your courage fired up South Africa.”

In the caption for the post on social media, Nando’s – which is famous for its hot peri peri chicken – said: “From one fiery chick to another.”

Nando’s is renowned for its adverts which provide tongue-in-cheek commentary about political and current affairs in the country – from the Hawks’ investigation into Finance Minister Gordhan Pravin to the President having to #PayBackTheMoney concerning upgrades to his Nkandla homestead.

Thank You Thuli – You Gave Us Hope and Courage!

Some of her thoughts on life and lessons learnt …

“Through life I have learned that the most important critic whose judgement of my actions matters is my conscience.”

“Hope is that little spark that gives you faith in the possibility of a future that seems unattainable.”

“This morning I’m reminded that it’s Grace that took me to every place I’ve been, led me through challenges and Grace that’s brought me here.”

“One of the greatest gifts you can give to a person in need of hope is a smile.”

“At the start of a new week it helps to focus ahead only looking back briefly on lessons learned and mistakes not to be repeated.”

Tips from Advocate Thuli Madonsela

  • Be a leader who does not need a title.
  • Believe in the purpose of the work you are doing!
  • Choose your battles carefully.
  • Social injustice is intolerable.
  • Accept that mistakes are made, not because you are a bad person… but because you are human.

(Notes compiled by Legh Wilkinson from The Platter Project during a keynote address delivered by Adv Madonsela).



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