Former public protector Thuli Madonsela File picture: EPA
This Women's Month, the Independent Media will feature resilient women of SA who aspire to greatness. In our first instalment Nidha Narrandes chats to Thuli Madonsela

After being named in Time Magazine’s Top 100 most influential people in the world, her response was simply, “I am humbled”. And though it might sound clichéd, when you speak to Thulisile Madonsela you realise she really does epitomise humility.

Here's some advice she has for the women of SA:

1. Undertake every responsibility and every task with passion and integrity even if that’s not where you’d like to be and believe you deserve better, Excelling in humble responsibilities opens the door to greater and more worthy roles in life.

2. Never sell your soul for instant success. Not only will you be privately unhappy, it will all come tumbling down like a house of cards eventually and in the process erode even achievements you’ve earned.

3. Use the storms of life to build your strength and rise higher. When storms arise, know that such is part of life and the process of shaping and strengthening you as a leader like gold is perfected by fire and diamonds by pressure.

4. Never allow injustice and related suffering to harden you but rather let such deepen your compassion as a leader and ability to lead for the common good.