I don’t have much time for Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s ignorant rantings against Israel. No time at all, in fact.
But on domestic politics, he seems to have a point:
South African elder statesman and Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu has said he would no longer vote for the ruling ANC.
“I would very sadly not be able to vote for them after the way things have gone,” he wrote in South Africa’s Mail and Guardian newspaper.
Inequality, violence and corruption are among the reasons costing the ANC his support, he added.
Archbishop Tutu, 81, was a strong supporter of the ANC’s struggle against white minority rule.
Former African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela became the country’s first black leader after all-race elections in 1994.
“The ANC was very good at leading us in the struggle to be free from oppression,” Archbishop Tutu wrote.
“But it doesn’t seem to me now that a freedom-fighting unit can easily make the transition to becoming a political party,” he continued.
Describing South Africa as “the most unequal society in the world”, he highlighted corruption, unaccountability and weaknesses in the constitution as key issues that need to be addressed.
If I understand the Archbishop, he seems to be saying that, as “the most unequal society in the world”, South Africa is no better—and possibly worse—off than under apartheid.
And it’s about to get worse:
In the opinion piece, he also warned South Africa to prepare for Mr Mandela’s death.
“My concern is that we are not preparing ourselves, as a nation, for the time when the inevitable happens.”
“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,” he added.
It’s very sad. South Africa had so much—still does—but it can’t get out of its own way.