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At no time during SA’s youthful democracy has confidence in leadership been at such a low ebb. Public Protector Thuli Madonsela would have mulled this over before last night delivering the 5th annual lecture to celebrate what was the 84th birthday of Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu. It was a big occasion even for the globally lauded 53 year old as she was following illustrious predecessors Dalai Lama, Graca Machel, Kofi Annan and Mary Robinson. Madonsela shrugged off an attempted disruption to offer a timely reminder of the solid foundation upon which SA’s Constitutional Democracy was built, fanning sparks of cautious optimism still burning in breasts of those who refuse to be infected by politicians’ abuse of power. But Madonsela also remains realistic, warning that unless everyone submits to the rule of law, including those occupying the highest offices in the land, the chance of a better life for all is a pipe dream. – Alec Hogg
By Thulani Gqirana, Media 24
Cyril Ramaphosa: The Audio Biography
Listen to the story of Cyril Ramaphosa's rise to presidential power, narrated by our very own Alec Hogg.