Happy birth­day, Arch, says ANC

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THE ANC has sent good wishes to Arch­bishop Emer­i­tus Des­mond Tutu on his 85th birth­day, party spokes­woman Zizi Kodwa said.

The ANC said yes­ter­day it was grate­ful to be blessed with the pres­ence of a holy man with strong con­vic­tions and a brave and a crit­i­cal voice.

“We cel­e­brate the Arch know­ing that he has never been a by­stander to his­tory, but ded­i­cated his life to the ser­vice of the peo­ple of South Africa, in par­tic­u­lar, lead­ing tire­lessly from the front for the liber- ation of our coun­try and the arduous process of build­ing a com­mon na­tion­hood, which he en­dear­ingly dubbed the Rain­bow Na­tion,” said Kodwa.

The party wished him an even longer life so that he might con­tinue to see im­prove­ments in the lives of the black ma­jor­ity to whom he had ded­i­cated his life to help break the chains of of apartheid.

Kodwa said: “He re­mains to­day the tow­er­ing moral con­science, never hes­i­tat­ing to speak frankly where he sees short­com­ings, with an un­wa­ver­ing com­mit­ment to jus­tice that should in­spire all of us to do even more.

“His life is the epit­ome of com­pas­sion, ser­vice and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, that we should all seek to em­u­late.”

Quot­ing the arch­bishop, Kodwa said: “Hope is be­ing able to see that there is light de­spite all of the dark­ness”, adding the hope that these words would forever ring true when self-doubt sank in as South Africans sought to col­lec­tively build an even bet­ter coun­try. – ANA

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