Heelwat van ons mense soek “demokrasie” al vir 25 jaar, en dis nou so omskryf in die sogenaamde “grondwet” wat demokrasie genoem word. Prof Thuli Madonsela is an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa and has been a lifelong activist on social justice, constitutionalism, human rights, good governance and the rule of law. Named one of TIME100’s most influential people in the world, in 2014 and Forbes Africa Person of the Year 2016, Thuli Madonsela is one of the drafters of South Africa’s Constitution and co- architect of several laws that have sought to anchor South Africa’s democracy. Among laws she helped draft, are the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act, the Employment Equity Act and the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act.
The launch of Thuma Foundation took place on United Nations’ World Social Justice Day, and will see the Thuli Madonsela Foundation partner with Khulisa Social Solutions. The initiative is also supported by the Stellenbosch University Law School, where Madonsela is chairperson of social justice.
Thulisile “Thuli” Madonsela is the Law Faculty Trust Chair for Social Justice and Law Professor at the University of Stellenbosch, where she conducts and coordinates social justice research and she teaches constitutional and administrative law. She is also the founder of the Thuma Foundation, an independent democracy leadership and literacy social enterprise.
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She recently completed a 7 year term as South Africa’s Public Protector, a quasi-judicial administrative oversight body responsible for investigating and redressing maladministration, corruption, executive ethic violations and related improprieties in state affairs. Before she became the Public Protector, Prof Madonsela served in various leadership capacities in civil society and government, including, Full-Time Commissioner in the South African Law Reform Commission.
Prof Thuli Madonsela is a co-architect and Founding Chairperson of the African Ombudsman Research Centre. She is also co-founder and one of the inaugural leaders of the South African Women Lawyers Association (SAWLA). She has a global reputation for integrity and fearlessness in enforcing accountability and justice in the exercise of public power and use of public resources. She also has a history of highlighting the importance of social justice and general inclusive enjoyment of the fruits of democracy in the pursuit of peace.
Her work has received national and global recognition, including several Lifetime Achievement Awards, among them an award by the Premier of Gauteng in 2018. She has five honorary doctor of law degrees, from Wits University, Stellenbosch University, University of Cape Town, University of Fort Hare and Rhodes University, with two approved honorary doctorates awaiting a date of conferment. Peer recognition includes the South African Law Society’s Truth and Justice Award, The General Council of the Bar’s The Sydney and Felicia Kentridge Award, Botswana Lawyers Association Honorary Membership of the Botswana Bar and the Commonwealth Lawyers Association’s Truth and Justice Award.
Prof Thuli Madonsela is a Paul Harris Fellow, recipient of Transparency International’s Integrity Award, the German Africa Prize and Africa Anticorruption Crusader Award, among her innumerable accolades. A Tallberg Global Leader, among others, she spent a year at Harvard in 2017 as an Advanced Leadership Fellow.
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The social justice quest is also driven by the founding values in the Constitution, particularly the values of
• The achievement of equality
• Human dignity; and
• Freedom for all
And basic human entitlements indiscriminately promised to all in the bill of rights, incorporating:
• Civil and political rights
• Social and economic rights
• Cultural rights
• Environmental & development rights
The Claude Leon Foundation derives from a bequest by Claude Leon, and has been funding educational, developmental, and human rights projects in South Africa since 1972.
Claude Leon was born in Kilburn, London and immigrated to South Africa in 1900 at the age of 16. With his father and uncle he founded the Elephant Trading Company, a wholesale business trading across Southern Africa from a base in Johannesburg. The company provided start-up funding for large South African enterprises like Anglovaal, OK Bazaars and Edgars. From 1948 – 1967 Claude Leon served on the finance committee of the Council of the University of the Witwatersrand; in recognition the university conferred an honorary doctorate of Laws on him in 1971.
The Foundation has a Board of 16 trustees and has grant commitments in 2017 totalling in excess of R 55 Million. Grants are made in four principal focus areas – Schooling and Early Childhood Development, Higher Education, Post-school Youth, and Human Rights – and the Chairman’s annual discretionary fund, which is used to fund a more diverse range of small projects.
The Black Sash Trust is a 63 year old veteran human rights organisation whose current programmes draw on a rich institutional heritage of advocating for social justice in South Africa.
FUNDERS OF BLACK SASH TRUST – same as SA Parliament and much much more
While the Right2Know Campaign launched in August 2010 as an coalition of organisations and people responding to the Protection of State Information Bill (the Secrecy Bill), the Campaign quickly broadened its scope to tackle related issues. The Secrecy Bill is a symptom and symbol of much broader obstacles to the free flow of information: free expression and access to information are the building blocks of an accountable democracy that is able to deliver on the basic needs of its people.
The Foundation for Human Rights implements the Department of Justice and Constitutional Democracy’s “Access to Justice and Promotion of Constitutional Rights Programme”, which is funded by the European Union through sector budget support.
The Foundation has also partnered with the following international donors to further support and strengthen the human rights sector:
- Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
- Flanders International Cooperation Agency (FICA)
Charles Stewart Mott was an automotive pioneer, community leader and philanthropist who cared about innovation, a just society, and the strength of communities. Today, Mott Foundation employees in four offices in the U.S., England and South Africa continue his work on a global scale. By supporting nonprofits dedicated to civil society, education, the environment and our hometown of Flint, Michigan, we aim to strengthen what Mr. Mott called “the capacity for accomplishment.”
The “Participation and Development of Capabilities of civil society in realising Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa” (SERSA) programme is a three year programme funded by the Flanders International Cooperation Agency (FICA). The SERSA Programme is an extension of the Access to Justice and Promotion of Constitutional Rights Programme (AJPCR) with which it shares the same objectives of improving access to justice, raising awareness of constitutional rights and promoting the participation of civil society.
The total budget for the SERSA Programme is €1,285,000 (R12 850 000). The five result areas of the SERSA Programme are: • Land reform and land tenure; • Food security; • Socio-economic rights and job creation; • Small scale and subsistence farming; • Climate change. Calls for proposals and calls for expression of interest will be issued on an on-going basis throughout the life-cycle of the project. Through these calls, registered civil society organisations will be invited to submit proposals or expressions of interest to implement activities in the five result areas mentioned above.