'What I was doing was more important than my detractors' - Madonsela

Advocate Thuli Madonsela has emphasised the importance of leaders to know when to follow others, to be disciplined and ethical.

Speaking at the Phenomenal Women event hosted by 702's Azania Mosaka, she acknowleged that although it was a more of a sweeping statement, women have a different style of leadership compared to men, which could be a strength or a weakness.

The Public Protector was the leading speaker among other guests at the events, which were media personality, Anele Mdoda, and students activist, Wanelisa Xaba.

With her term coming to an end in October, she shared that the late Nelson Mandela's commitment to serving the people inspired her to remain forthright in her investigations, which often invited criticism from politicians and smear campaigns against her.

If you close an investigation, you've got to write a closing report that indicates what you did to investigate the matter, what you discovered and why you're closing it.

Advocate Thuli Madonsela, Public Protector

People see strength in quiet confidence. What I've learned is that when you are loud, you undermine your own authority.

Advocate Thuli Madonsela, Public Protector
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