Former South African public protector Thuli Madonsela has been awarded the highest French order of merit – that of the Knight of the Legion of Honour. News24 reports that the Legion of Honour is the highest French order of merit, both military and civil, and is conferred to entrepreneurs, high-level civil servants, scientists, artists and sports champions. While membership in the legion is technically restricted to French nationals, foreign nationals who have served France or the ideals it upholds may receive the honour. Madonsela was though not the only South African honoured by the French Presidency, with crime fiction author and screenwriter Deon Meyer handed the award of Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters.