The world came to a standstill when Beyoncé made the top of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People In The World List. I too was elated, but I was even more elated when I found out that our very own Thuli Madonsela made the list. From what I read in various publications, the news has been received with mixed signals as many people want to know what influence she could possibly have had on the world. An article by Gareth Van Onselen on the Business Day website went as far as questioning whether she is really influential. (Read it HERE)
While she may not have had an influence in any popular trends, I would like to believe that she has had an influence on how I see my place on earth. Thuli has gone about her job in a way that we have become unfamiliar with in the political sphere. She set out to do her work with integrity and root out maladministration despite the people who would be implicated. That tells us that there is still space for honest people in this world.
Further reading lead me to a letter that she wrote to her 16 year old self that she did for O! The Oprah Magazine. (Read it HERE). Again she might not have had an influence on popular culture, but she is definitely an example of how beauty is not the measure of how successful one becomes in life. A lesson that is rarely taught these days.
Whichever way you look at the question whether or not Thuli is influential, the fact remains that there is a lot that one can learn from her life. If it takes a spot on a list that she supposedly does not deserve to be on for her story to reach as many people as possible, then so be it.
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