Desmond Tutu Sees Mandela’s Death Coming

Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela

Bishop Desmond Tutu, on Friday warned that South Africa should prepare for Nelson Mandela?s death amid the revered statesman?s recent hospital visits.
The outspoken anti-apartheid campaigner, a South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s, was of the view that the principles on which apartheid was fought were missing in the vocabularies of the African National Congress (ANC) today; and says he will not, again vote for the ANC in an election.
Desmond Tutu said Mr. Nelson Mandela has had rough time in recent weeks, and that it?s only God who is sparing him for all this while; but alert countrymen to brace up.
?He?s 94, he?s had a rough time, and God has been very, very good in sparing him for us these many years.
?But the trauma of his passing is going to be very much intensified if we do not begin to prepare ourselves for the fact that this is going to happen at some time,? Tutu wrote in an opinion piece.
The Nobel Peace laureate said in an article published Friday that he will not vote for South Africa?s ruling African National Congress, which brought Nelson Mandela to power exactly 19 years ago.
Massive poverty, inequality and falling standards have cost the ANC the retired archbishop?s support, he said in the publication carried by the Mail & Guardian.
?I have over the years voted for the ANC, but I would very sadly not be able to vote for them after the way things have gone,? the 81-year-old wrote.
?The ANC was very good at leading us in the struggle to be free from oppression,? Tutu said of the party which won the first all-race elections.
That victory saw Nelson Mandela inaugurated as the country?s first black president on May 10, 1994.
?But it doesn?t seem to me now that a freedom-fighting unit can easily make the transition to becoming a political party,? added Tutu, who was discharged from hospital last week following treatment for an infection.
Under apartheid, Tutu campaigned against white minority rule and was awarded the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize.
Officially retired but still outspoken on the world?s injustices, he is widely viewed as South Africa?s moral conscience.
The witty cleric has been increasingly critical of the ruling party in recent years. He accused the ANC government in 2011 of kowtowing to trade partner China when it delayed a tourist visa for buddhist separatist leader the Dalai Lama.
In 2009 he threatened not to vote in general elections over divisions in the ANC.

Source: The Republic
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