Desmond Tutu: Farewell to the uncompromising leader against racism

Desmond Tutu: Farewell to the uncompromising leader against racism


Desmond Tutu of South Africa gained a reputation as an archbishop. Who protested against white rule in South Africa. The post-apartheid African National Congress (ANC) has not stopped criticizing the rulers for failing to help poor black people. Khabar Al-Jazeera.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu died on Sunday. This leader of the anti-apartheid movement was 90 years old. He died in Cape Town after a long battle with prostate cancer and infection.

Desmond Tutu has spread his protests across the border in South Africa. This anti-apartheid leader had other powers. He often avoided all injuries to her with humor and warmth.

In his church, Tutu denounced Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, the US-led war in Iraq, and its extremists. His pursuit of peace has led him to Cyprus, Northern Ireland, and even Kenya.

Scott Firsing, who works in South Africa, told Al Jazeera: “He was a moral guide for South Africa. The thorn in the side of apartheid government. He also spoke out against the post-apartheid government for its support for corruption and cooperation with China.

Scott Firsing added: “Tutu was an outspoken ideologue, always on the side of justice, no matter how difficult it may be. He had a major impact during decades of turbulent change with Nelson Mandela. “

Desmond Tutu was born in 1931 in Clarksdorp, a transvaal gold mining town. His father Zakaraya was a teacher and his mother Aleta was a housewife. He initially followed in his father’s footsteps and chose teaching as his profession. But he quit teaching in protest of the government’s ban on schooling for black children.

Tutu was influenced by Bishop Trevor Huddleston and other anti-apartheid white clergy. In 1971 he was ordained a priest of a church. In 1975, he was elected the first black Anglican dean of Johannesburg, South Africa.

While Mandela was in prison, his movement was spearheaded by others, including Tutu. In 1976, police conducted a massive attack in the protests of black students in Sweat. At the time, Tutu said, the white minority government was racist, their downfall was inevitable and they were denying the will of God.

Tutu’s biographer Steven Giss told Al Jazeera that Tutu was Martin Luther King of South Africa.

Tutu was elected archbishop of Cape Town in 1986. After taking office in 1979, President FW de Klerk welcomed the liberalization efforts. At the time, he demanded the release of Mandela and the lifting of anti-ANC sanctions.

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