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Madonsela: S.Africa's fearless public protector takes on Zuma

South African Public Protector Thuli Mandosela gives a press briefing at the Public Protector's office on August 28, 2014 in PretoriaNamed this year by Time magazine as one of the world’s 100 most influential people, South Africa’s Public Protector Thuli Madonsela would probably top the government’s list of the most irritating. The softly-spoken 51-year-old mother of two has shown a steely resistance to political pressure in her role as government-appointed ombudswoman, clashing head-on with President Jacob Zuma. In South Africa and many other countries on the continent it is revolutionary. Madonsela has become the figurehead for a wave of outrage over the spending of $24 million (18 million euros) of taxpayers’ money on so-called “security upgrades” at Zuma’s private rural residence at Nkandla in the southeastern KwaZulu-Natal province.

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