Madonsela: Every citizen has the power to invoke change

Thuli Madonsela says every South African has the power to be a leader in society regardless of their position.

FILE: Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says every South African has the power to invoke change in society regardless of their title.

Madonsela addressed attendees at the Lead SA Changemakers Conference in Century City outside Cape Town this afternoon.

The Public Protector says every South African has the power to be a leader in society regardless of their position.

Madonsela whose tenure as Public Protector comes to an end in October says positive change is often made by people who have no title, but end up having the most impact on society.

She says South Africans take for granted that even a little positivity can go a long way to bring greater change to society.

Madonsela has encouraged the youth to continue their fight against injustice, but at the same time to find peaceful solutions.

Various community members are engaging with high profile South Africans today in a bid to find ways of making positive changes in their communities.

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Several speakers have taken to the podium to explain their contributions in society and to inspire others to effect positive change.

Consumer goods company, Unilever's corporate affairs director Sibonile Dube emphasised the importance of social change in communities.

Dube says she is attempting to bridge the gender equality gap by assisting girls at schools through various programmes.

Providing sanitary pads to young girls remains a priority.

She adds that she is determined to empower women in their work environment, by encouraging them to have more important roles in the corporate spaces.