Did ANC snub critic Tutu?
WAS ARCHBISHOP Emeritus Desmond Tutu deliberately omitted from the official programme of Nelson Mandela’s funeral?
Tutu has a no-nonsense approach to corruption and is an outspoken critic of the government.
The boo brigade at the memorial service at FNB Stadium made their feelings apparent when leaders from across the globe came to pay their tributes to Nelson Mandela. This booing incident has embarrassed President Jacob Zuma and the country, and definitely shows a growing disillusionment with Zuma.
The Nkandla controversy is crucial in this context and perhaps the survival of Zuma hinges on the findings of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report. The hallmark of a vibrant democracy is to keep its leaders on their toes.
Leaders must not be allowed to praise Madiba for removing apartheid laws from the statute books while at the same time endorsing the Protection of State Information Bill, also known as the Secrecy Bill.
What is the reason for such a bill? Are there so many secrets that have to be kept away from the tax-paying citizens who have every right to know that draconian laws have to be legislated to keep them in the dark?
Tutu was a close friend of Madiba’s. After Madiba was released from Victor Verster prison in 1990, he stayed with Tutu.
Tutu presided over funerals of struggle figures such as Steve Biko, Robert Sobukwe, Walter Sisulu and anti-apartheid cleric Beyers Naudé.
Why was he sidelined and snubbed by not being included genuinely in the proceedings?
If one of the reasons is that Tutu is a critic of the ruling party and is fearless in highlighting their deficiencies and shortcomings, then as a country we are not living up to the ideals embodied by Tata Madiba.
GREETINGS: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and ex-president Thabo Mbeki at Nelson Mandela’s funeral.