Book reveals how Madonsela slept on the floor of her Soweto home growing up

Journalist and author, Thandeka Gqubule followed and wrote a book on the story of former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela. Gqubule says Madonsela was born in 1962, in Soweto, in a highly politicised environment.

Gqubule tells host, Eusebius McKaiser that Madonsela didn't have a bedroom of her own growing up. She slept on the kitchen floor with her seven siblings. Gqubule reveals that Madonsela's dad loved a hustle and was always coming up with means of providing for his family and home, an extra bedroom in their house was rented out to a tenant.

Madonsela's mom is described as the township midwife, who did her bit and went the extra mile to care for the community of Soweto.

When somebody writes a story about you, it is a bit awkward however when you reflect on it, you realise it is the greatest tribute someone could ever pay to you.

Thuli Madonsela, Former public protector

Thandeka's writing is remarkable. It has a sense of being a historian, a sense of being a poet and a deep generosity.

Thuli Madonsela, Former public protector

No Longer Whispering to Power takes the reader on Madonsela’s journey from a young age to her tenure as Public Protector.

Listen to the full discussion on Thuli Madonsela inspiring journey here:


This article first appeared on 702 : Book reveals how Madonsela slept on the floor of her Soweto home growing up


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