"To succeed against corruption, South Africa needs more voices and action from civil society," Madonsela told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone from Berlin, where she was due to receive her award later on Friday.
country and improving the quality of life of our people."
Madonsela gained international attention in March when she released a report that said Zuma benefitted
"unduly" from the security upgrade to his home that included a cattle enclosure, amphitheatre, chicken run
and swimming pool.
Madonsela said Zuma should pay back some of the money spent on the improvements to his rural Nkandla
homestead in KwaZulu-Natal province.
Madonsela said she took no pride from her office's high-profile investigations, citing her work with South African citizens in smaller cases that went unnoticed by the media as the highlight of her career.
"I experience such joy when members of our society are reinstated to their jobs or paid back the money they are owed."
"As Public Protector, she is making it much more difficult for the corrupt in South Africa to get away with it," Weliamuna told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
"Despite the intense political and public scrutiny that she has been subjected to in recent months, she continues to stand firm and seek justice for all South Africans."