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Prof. Thuli Madonsela
The Law Trust Chair in Social Justice

Professor Thuli Madonsela is a professor of law occupying the Law Trust Research Chair in Social Justice at Stellenbosch University. She is also the founder of the Thuma Foundation for Democracy Leadership and Literacy and a Member of the African Academy of Sciences. The former Public Protector of South Africa and full-time Law Commissioner, Professor Madonsela was one of the drafters of the South African Constitution and a co-architect and drafter of several constitutionally-mandated laws, including the Equality Act, Employment Equity Act and Promotion of Administrative Justice Act. She has an extensive background in applied constitutional and administrative law principles mainly based on her public service years and her investigation of improper conduct in state affairs as Public Protector. She helped draft several international human rights instruments and country reports. She currently teaches Constitutional Law, Social Justice Law, Administrative Law, and Constitutional Governance and Ethical Leadership and has written and published extensively on these matters. An advocate of the High Court of South Africa and honorary member of the Botswana Bar, Professor Madonsela holds eight honorary law doctorates in addition to her normal law degrees and over 70 awards. Professor Madonsela is a mother of two and in her free time, an avid mountaineer who has summited Mt Kilimanjaro twice under the #Trek4Mandela campaign and for the Social Justice M-Plan and regularly hikes for the #Action4Inclusion campaign, a quest to end student debt.

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The Law Trust Chair in Social Justice is anchored in the triple objectives of responsive research, teaching and social impact. The Social Justice M-Plan is the flagship programme of Law Trust the Chair in Social Justice.

The Musa Plan for Social Justice (M-Plan)

A social justice accelerator programme. Its theory of change is that poverty and inequality are systems problems and require a systems approach to change.

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Social Justice and COVID-19 Policy and Relief Monitoring Alliance (SCOPRA)

A project to regularly track all COVID-19 policies and relief measures to assess and ensure compliance with the equality duty and related social justice commitments, other human rights obligations and democratic governance dictates.

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Social Justice Café

The aim of the cafés is to engage with young people on social justice issues and human rights-inspired democracy and action for inclusion.

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A campaign to address the plight of historic debt owed to universities by students from poor and working-class families.

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About the Chair:

Professor Thulisile “Thuli” Madonsela, an advocate of the High Court of South Africa, is the law trust chair in social justice and a law professor at the University of Stellenbosch, where she conducts and coordinates social justice research and teaches constitutional and administrative law.

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