Happy birthday, Arch, says ANC
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