Freedom's heroes: Desmond Tutu on Nelson Mandela
Retired archbishop Desmond Tutu has said he is happy Nelson Mandela is dead - so he does not have to see what South Africa's current. Desmond Tutu is South Africa's spiritual leader and played a big role in the Nelson Mandela describes this South African Activist and Christian cleric as. Winnie and Nelson Mandela Mandela. Archbishop Desmond Tutu was also called out for “letting the mother of the nation down” when he had.
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The idea that he might live up to his reputation seemed too good to be true. A whisper went around that some in the ANC said he was a lot more useful in jail than outside. When he did come out, the most extraordinary thing happened. Even though many in the white community in South Africa were still dismissing him as a terrorist, he tried to understand their position.
His gestures communicated more eloquently than words. For example, he invited his white jailer as a VIP guest to his inauguration as president, and he invited the prosecutor in the Rivonia trial to lunch.
Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu
What incredible acts of magnanimity these were. His prosecutor had been quite zealous in pushing for the death penalty. Mandela also invited the widows of the Afrikaner political leaders to come to the president's residence. Betsie Verwoerd, whose husband, HF Verwoerd, was assassinated inwas unable to come because she was unwell.
She lived in Oranje, where Afrikaners congregated to live, exclusively. And Mandela dropped everything and went to have tea with her, there, in that place. He had an incredible empathy. During the negotiations that led up to the first free elections, the concessions he was willing to make were amazing. Chief Buthelezi wanted this, that and the other, and at every single point Madiba would say: He was upset that many in the ANC said Inkatha was not a genuine liberation movement.
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He even said that he was ready to promise Buthelezi a senior cabinet position, which was not something he had discussed with his colleagues. He did this to ensure that the country did not descend into a bloodbath. Tutu joined her in the city, first living with an aunt in Roodepoort West before they secured their own house in the township.
At the same time he shows no arrogance, mixes in well and is popular He has obvious gifts of leadership. Black theology has to do with whether it is possible to be black and continue to be Christian; it is to ask on whose side is God; it is to be concerned about the humanisation of man, because those who ravage our humanity dehumanise themselves in the process; [it says] that the liberation of the black man is the other side of the liberation of the white man—so it is concerned with human liberation.
Tutu agreed, although was initially refused permission to leave by the South African authorities; they regarded him with suspicion ever since his involvement in the Fort Hare student protests and were also increasingly antagonistic toward the WCC, which ran the TEF, bceause it had condemned apartheid as un-Christian.
After Tutu insisted that taking the position would be good publicity for South Africa, the authorities relented. It is a gut level theology, relating to the real concerns, the life and death issues of the black man.
No permission is being requested for it to come into being Frankly the time has passed when we will wait for the white man to give us permission to do our thing. As you know one of the VIP's at his inauguration was one of his white jailers.
Those debates would resurface with Mandela's setting up in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which he asked Tutu to Chair. The Commission's premise that perpetrators of apartheid-era crime could seek amnesty from criminal prosecution if they confessed, or apologies to their victims was considered an unusual mechanism to heal a divided nation.
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But it also drew strong criticism, amongst others, by the family of anti-apartheid icon Steve Biko, who was killed in police custody in Tutu says that "the point of justice is to punish but now there is another kind of justice. Restorative justice which says you want to try to all you can to heal the relationship and you know you cannot compensate someone for the loss say of a husband or a son but you can show by saying that we were not giving a compensation but it is reparation.
It is just a symbol of the fact that we are sorry as a nation for what happened to your family and here is something to help you. Tutu says that Mandela's wife, Graca Machel, told him "that she told him that she was going to meeting of the Elders a group of eminent citizens enganed in peace-making efforts around the world which was founded by him and she then told him the names and told him that I was also going to be there and the exchange and a handclasp and when she mentioned the name he tightened that she felt he is reacting.
I think he is at peace. But Tutu says regardless, Mandela's journey should be seen for its inspiring quality. You know I mean this is a prisoner. He could have easily died in prison had people like yourselves in India and other parts of the world not helped us.