Thuli Madonsela

Thuli Madonsela

Ludwig’s Roses commits to donating R100 per ‘Thuli Madonsela’ rose sold during 4 – 6 October to the 

 ThuMa Foundation 

Grow Your Rose for Social Justice! 

Available at all Ludwig’s Rose Centers and online 

Thuli Madonsela is a woman of great character, a woman who for South Africa symbolises what he Lady Justice stands for. The people voted for this rose. With this rose we honour all who take a stand  for what is morally correct, we honor Prof. Madonsela for her achievements and give her the nobility of the rose to continue her pursuits. 

This novel rose is a Stamina rose that is vigorous, with strong roots, and disease-resistant leaves, able to thrive despite climatic stresses – just like her name sake.  The striking two-tone pink and white blooms have a perfect hybrid tea shape, but carried in abundant clusters. The colour is prominent, feminine pink, white for purity of heart. She grows to chest height and can be grown in pots, as a bedding rose or as a focal specimen. 

A portion of sales is donated to ThuMa Foundation  founded by Advocate Madonsela in 2017 as a public benefit organisation to deepen and defend democracy and the rule of law through people empowerment for ethical leadership, development and peace.

stamina rose
thornless (almost)

Grow your rose, to grow peace. 

Your rose purchase donates R10 per plant sold to the THUMA Foundation 

The Thuli Madonsela Foundation seeks to defend and deepen democracy and the rule of law through empowerment measures to foster ethical leadership, good governance and legal empowerment of persons and communities in pursuit of sustainable democracy, development, social justice and, ultimately, peace.

Building on the legacy of its founder, Advocate Thuli Madonsela, which includes, principled leadership, people empowerment and resolute defence of the rule law, constitutional democracy, social justice and the promotion of good governance, including anti-corruption and administrative justice, the Thuma foundation seeks to promote good citizenship by empowering persons and communities to make democracy work for themselves, while actively defending and deepening democracy as the key to sustainable development and peaceful coexistence within and between.


Thulisile Nomkhosi Madonsela was born in 1962 in Soweto. Her parents, Nomasonto and Bafana were both traders. She obtained a bachelor of Law from the University of Swaziland in 1987 and three years later, an LLB at Wits University. She then started working as an assistant teacher at her former school, Evelyn Baring High School, and taught from 1980 to 1983. In 1984 she entered the legal profession as a legal and education officer at the Paper Printing Wood & Allied Workers Union where she worked from 1984 to 1987.


Since 1987, Madonsela has worked in several government departments, civil society organisations, and academia. She has, for instance, lectured law at Wits University; been the presiding officer at the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC); worked as deputy director at the Justice Department and held the position of managing director at the Office of the Status of Women in the Presidency. 


On 19 October 2009 Madonsela was appointed Public Protector. She was the only full-time commissioner in the South African law Reform Commission at the time. Of all her achievements and high profile positions that she has held, it is the Public Protector position that most put her in the public eye. During her tenure she investigated several high profile cases, including the probe into state resources allocated to Zuma’s Nkandla residence upgrade and the State Capture report. For her role as Public Prosecutor Madonsela received international praise for her efficiency and professionalism, including recognition by the Daily Maverick, Time, Glamour, ANN7, Transparency International, and the BBC. She left that office on 14 October 2016.


An advocate for Gender equality and the advancement of women, Madonsela is a member of South African Women Lawyers Association (SAWLA) and Business Women’s Association of South Africa (BWASA). In 2012, she was honoured with South Africa’s most Influential Women Award. She has authored and co authored several publications including books, chapter, journals and handbooks on gender management and gender mainstreaming. Madonsela was also one of the drafters of South Africa’s current constitution in 1994.


We are proud to count her among the ‘Rose Laureates’ and support her cause. 



Prof. Madonsela's favorite roses

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