Desmond Tutu Lauds "Mandela the Unifier"


2429 days ago

Archbishop Desmond Tutu addressed the media earlier this afternoon on the passing of former President Nelson Mandela and encouraged South Africans to live in such a way that would make Madiba proud.

"Some have suggested that after he is gone as he is gone, our country is going to go up in flames. This is I think to discredit us South Africans, to discredit his legacy,"

Tutu advised that as a nation we should honour Madiba by grieving for our great leader with dignity and respect because "life will carry on,"

"The son will rise tomorrow and the next day and the next. It may not appear as bright as yesterday but life will carry on. As we enter the mourning period as a nation, we do show the greatest dignity and respect because that is what we owe to Madiba and to ourselves."

Tutu added the we as South Africans should implement the practical lessons of forgiveness, compassion and reconciliation that Madiba taught us.

"My message to my fellow South Africans, over the past 24 years, as madiba taught us how to come together and to believe in ourselves and each other. A unifier from the moment he walked out of prison.

"He taught us extraordinarily practical lessons about forgiveness, compassion and reconciliation. Who will ever forget how Ellis Park erupted on the day of the final. Ad Madiba walked up and out wearing a Springbok jersey with number six on the back. The captain's number. That action was worth more than all the sermons we could preach about reconciliation."

He ended off his address by reminding the country of the practical ways Mandela showed his forgiveness."Who could forget him - the President of the country going to Oranje to have tea with Mrs Betsy Verwoed. Tea and ya, koeksusters. Who will forget that one of the VIP guests at his inauguration was his jailer? Who can forget that he had lunch in the presidency with a man who had prosecuted him in the Rivonia trial and had asked for the death penalty to be imposed? "

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