No Longer Whispering to Power - The Tenure of Thuli Madonsela - Thandeka Gqubule (Trade Paperback)

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Advocate Thuli Madonsela has achieved in her seven years as Public Protector what few accomplish in a lifetime; her legacy and contribution cannot be over-stated. In her final days in office she compiled the explosive State Capture report and, before that, the report on President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla residence. Praised and vilified in equal measures, Madonsela has frequently found herself at centre stage in the increasingly fractious South African political scene.

Yet, despite the intense media scrutiny, Madonsela remains something of an enigma. Who is this soft-spoken woman who stood up to state corruption? Where did she develop her views and resolve? This book attempts to answer these questions, and others, by exploring many aspects of Madonsela’s life: her childhood years and family, her involvement in student politics, her contribution to the constitution, her life in law.

Madonsela once described her role as Public Protector as being akin to that of the Venda traditional spiritual female leader, the Makhadzi, who whispers truth to the ruler. When the sounds of the exchanges between the ruler and the Makhadzi grow loud, Madonsela said, that is when the whispering has failed.

No Longer Whispering to Power is about Thuli Madonsela’s tenure as Public Protector, during which the whisper grew into a cry. It is the story of the South African people’s attempt to hold power to account through the Office of the Public Protector. More significantly, this important book stands as a record of the crucial work Madonsela has done, always acting without fear or favour.

Product Details

26 Apr 2017
Content Source
South African
Supply Source
South Africa


Thandeka Gqubule
Paperback / softback
Jonathan Ball
Number of Pages
233 x 152mm


General Subject
Politics/Intl Relations
BISAC Subject 1
Biography & Autobiography / Lawyers & Judges
BISAC Subject 2
Law / Government / General
BISAC Subject 3
Biography & Autobiography / Political
BIC Classification 1
Political leaders & leadership
BIC Classification 2
Political corruption
BIC Classification 3
Gender studies: women
BIC Classification 4
Feminism & feminist theory
BIC Classification 5
Autobiography: historical, political & military

Inside Flap

THANDEKA GQUBULE has practised as a journalist and worked in the media for nearly three decades. She has followed the story of former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela with great dedication and passion.