Desmond Tutu

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu was born in 1931 and was a South African cleric and activist who won worldwide fame in the 1980s as an opponent to apartheid. He called for boycotts of his own country in response to the racism in Africa.

Tutu was the first black South African to be elected to be the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town in South Africa. Tutu was also the primate of the Church of Province of South Africa. In 1984 Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He also was the recipient of the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism. On top of all this, he also got the Magubela Prize for liberty in 1986.

Desmond often reminisced about how he enjoyed it when white British policemen addressed him or his wife as Sir or Madam [1], not what he was used to in South Africa.

Bishop Tutu had criticized the schism in the Anglican Communion over the role of homosexuals in the church. At a 2006 conference in Nairobi he was quoted as being "deeply disturbed that in the face of some of the most horrendous problems facing Africa, we concentrate on 'what do I do in bed with whom'".

Controversies

Comment following Pietersburg fight

On April 22, 1986, a National Party meeting to be addressed by then Minister of Foreign Affairs Roelof "Pik" Botha in the Transvaal town of Pietersburg (now Polokwane) was disrupted by 5,000 White rightwingers (including the AWB). In response, Tutu was reported to have said "if they [apartheid supporters] can turn on each other now, that means our battles are going to be less horrendous".

Bomb threat

In 1989, Desmond Tutu's eldest son, Trevor Tutu, made a bomb threat at the East London Airport[1] and in 1991, was given a jail sentence for contravening the Civil Aviation Act. In 2010, during an interview with the far-left media outlet, The New York Times, Desmond Tutu reflected on the incident by making excuses for his son, referring to him as a "gifted person", later commenting that "when he's not under the influence, he's incredibly wonderful, he really is, and it makes you weep to see how he then is almost intent on destroying himself".[2]

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