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Moxie and the fight against corruption

Our profession requires plenty of insight and knowledge to understand the fraud landscape. But it also takes a good measure of moxie. Thulisile “Thuli” Madonsela is one of those unique people who possesses that know-how and fortitude — at an extraordinary level.

Her hard-fought battles against corruption at the highest levels of the South African government only prove this. The ACFE honored that strength in June when we presented Thuli with the Cressey Award for a lifetime of achievement in the detection and deterrence of fraud.

Thuli found her calling early in her career. As a lawyer, she was instrumental in drafting South Africa’s robust constitution in the 1990s as the country emerged from the horrifying grip of apartheid. And when she was appointed public protector in 2009, she was duty bound to protect those laws. Yet rather than using her position as a bully pulpit, she leveraged her soft power and calm demeanor to investigate and build cases.

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