Today’s Dame of the Day is Thuli Madonsela (September 28, 1962-). Born in Johannesburg, Madonsela attended the University of Swaziland and obtained a law degree. While she has been involved with the ANC for years, she respectfully declined a position in Parliament because she felt she could make more of an impact through law. In 2009, South African president Jacob Zuma appointed Madonsela to be the nation’s Public Protector.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Ferial Haffajee. Haffajee began her career in journalism as a cub reporter for South Africa’s Mail & Guardian and worked her way up to editorships at the South African Broadcasting Company and the Financial Mail. In 2009, Haffajee became editor of Johanessburg’s City Press, making her the first Indian woman editor of any major South African newspaper.