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South Africa: Can the ANC finish Archbishop Tutu’s work to end racial inequality?

By Farai Shawn Matiashe
Posted on Monday, 3 January 2022 19:15

Archbishop Desmond Tutu gestures at the launch of a human rights campaign marking the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Archbishop Desmond Tutu gestures at the launch of a human rights campaign marking the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights , December 10, 2007. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

The death of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu has revived a bitter debate in South Africa about the failures of the African National Congress (ANC)- led government to implement the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the direction the Southern African nation is heading with its widely spread racial inequalities.

Tutu, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his fight against the white minority rule, died on 26 December 2021 at the age of 90 in Cape Town, after battling prostate cancer for a long time.

“Archbishop Tutu was a courageous man who spoke against racial inequalities during the apartheid era when it was not fashionable to do so,” Thabo Mtheka, a Pretoria resident tells The Africa Report. “He was a man of God and a nation builder.”

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