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Tutu condemns Gaddafi killing

2011-10-21 20:43

Johannesburg - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu condemned on Friday the killing of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, saying mob justice and violence should always be deplored.

"The manner of the killing of Muammar Gaddafi on Thursday totally detracts from the noble enterprise of instilling a culture of human rights and democracy in Libya," he said in a statement.

"... the people of Libya should have demonstrated better values than those of their erstwhile oppressor."

Gaddafi was shot dead in his hometown of Sirte. He sustained fatal injuries to the head and stomach.

As news of his death spread, images of the 69-year-old former leader's bloodied body were broadcast across the globe.

Tutu said the United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, could not be proud of calling for Gaddafi's killing.

"Nor is killing a human being something to be celebrated," he said.

Comments
  • chris.khanye - 2011-10-21 20:59

    What would have happened to Benghazi residents had Gadaffi recaptured the town or the so-called AU road map was enforced? There's this genius who lived long ago in the land of Palestine and he once told a hot head by the name Simon Peter - you live by the sword, then shall die by the sword. The wiseman also said - do unto other what you'd want them to do unto you. Well said Jesus and 2000 years later - your teachings still ring true today. But they didn't listen and I guess they never will!

      Jenny - 2011-10-21 22:35

      chris.khanye. Couldn't have said it better myself. Even the bible says "an eye for an eye" but I suppose some people in our midst find it easy to judge when they themselves are far away from the danger zone. Hate to think what would have happened if the rebels hadn't prevailed - it would have been a slaughterhouse!

  • John - 2011-10-21 21:01

    Gaddafi's Oppression and Exploitation of Lybia is Regrettable!

      Michael - 2011-10-21 21:54

      Yea but it was localised - a monster of far greater proportions has been unleashed. It will make Iraq seem like a kiddies tea party. Wake up and smell the decaf:p

  • John - 2011-10-21 21:03

    Tutu, the machine gunners bishop!

  • marco.tomaso - 2011-10-21 21:07

    Some very rude and horrible South Africans on this forum.Mr Tutu is only expressing a human side to a Dictators bloody end and suddenly all the knives comes out from every angle in the most tasteless comments ever imagine.You people should be disgusted looking at yourselves and the way you behave in your comments about Tutu.

      Adam - 2011-10-22 10:01

      @ASK - you're seriously dumb. you preach free speech and condem people voicing their own??????? please surrender your right to vote for the sake of every soul in our beautiful country.

      Ask - 2011-10-22 13:43

      @Adam If you don't have anything of value to add then 'hou jou bek'. You could have disputed the fact that you were not a filthy dictator when it was your show (Aparheid).. My valuable vote will go from the PAC to (as much as I hate to do this) the ever popular ANC. It is a pity that ANCYL is not a political party because I should have voted for them, just to make 'naar'... but then again I don't respect JM - although, he keeps you guys 'wakker'

  • Nozibele Tshobeni - 2011-10-21 21:15

    Thank you tata for your wise words. Libyans should have demonstrated better values than Gadaffi's. The killing of a human being should never be celebrated. If these are the people who are going to rule Libya, I'm truly afraid for Libya.

      cosmos.ndebele - 2011-10-21 21:26

      most people here see short term goals....

  • peter.retief - 2011-10-21 21:18

    agree

  • Roelof.00 - 2011-10-21 21:21

    He got exactly what he deserved, maybe a few hundred bullets less, but end result the same. Maybe this circus of a government must start to wake up and see what can happen when the oppressed retaliate.

  • cosmos.ndebele - 2011-10-21 21:23

    The way the rebels killed Gaddafi certainly makes no difference with the dictator himself. The future of Libya is uncertain as ever. Most of those guys are trigger happy, if they have nobody to shoot at they spend most of the time shooting in the air. What for? What about the Islamist in their ranks and the missing man pads SA7 & 18? I hpe i wont to fly near Libya in my life.

      Getitok - 2011-10-21 21:37

      They need CASH...those heavy weaponry are going to find their way all over the Globe.

      cosmos.ndebele - 2011-10-21 21:56

      People s comments here are influenced by domestic South African politics and i think its plain wrong, guys need to read a lot about Libya!!!

  • Louis - 2011-10-21 21:35

    TuTu, he killing of somebody, is the order of the day for celebration in RSA. The bastards killing innocent people in RSA enjoys it and they will be protected and fed freely untill they die in RSA. Hope Nato moves a bit South as well.There are a few more of Gaddafi's co partners South of the Sahara.

  • Trevor - 2011-10-21 21:44

    When people are terrorised...killed...families torn apart,murdered...by a Dictator, those of you who say this cannot be accepted that being Mob Justice,should get a reality check. You sit safe behind your screen preaching to have understanding..."love"...well, grow up, until you experience the loss and pain, don't waste your time posting comments that border on ignorance.I stand by the VICTIMS and that useless sorry of an excuse Gaddafi, is rightly where he deserves to be...dead...best part is, be remembered as being a COWARD hiding in a hole....ANC should learn from this as Mob Justice was used by them in the 80's, now, it's not acceptable because the shoe is on the other foot. You oppress people, strip them of their freedoms,murder them...they will fight back even if they are a Minority, History has proven this time and time again.

  • Mike - 2011-10-21 22:14

    Arch, wise and sympathetic words. Gaddafi knew what was coming he had other choices but decided to go the full Hitler/Saddam-typical-dictator-style. I know you know the phrase "live by the sword die by the sword" This was inevitable it would have happened either way, or a hanging as with Saddam and then send out per cell. At least now the people can spend their energy on rebuilding the country instead of having to sit through the trauma of Gaddafi court cases and still have groups that's for and against him. All start on the same page.

  • John - 2011-10-21 22:20

    Gaddafi joins the gang: “ The Gang of Four Chinese Communist Party members came to power during the Cultural Revolution (1966–76), and were charged with a series of treasonous crimes. The gang consisted of Jiang Qing, Mao Zedong's last wife as the leading figure of the group, and her close associates Zhang Chunqiao, Yao Wenyuan, and Wang Hongwen. In 1980, the trials of the Gang of Four began. Among the prosecution’s charge of actual crimes were the usurpation of state power and party leadership; the persecution of some 750,000 people, 34,375 of whom died during the period 1966-76. It was at this trial that Jiang Qing made the famous quote: "I was Chairman Mao's dog. I bit whomever he asked me to bite." Jiang Qing was sentenced to death in 1981. “ Source Wikipidia. I was inspired to write a song commemorating the death of such evil people: Shoot the dogs, Shoot the dogs, Shoot the dogs of Mao Tse Tsung! Auss! Auss, Auss! Auss! Auss Auss! Shoot the dogs, Shoot the dogs, Shoot the dogs of Jiang Qing! Auss! Auss, Auss! Auss! Auss Auss! Shoot the dogs, Shoot the dogs, Shoot the dog Sadam Hussain! Auss! Auss, Auss! Auss! Auss Auss! Shoot the dogs, Shoot the dogs, Shoot the dog Gaddafi! Auss! Auss, Auss! Auss! Auss Auss!

  • John - 2011-10-21 22:24

    Gaddafi joins the gang: “ The Gang of Four Chinese Communist Party members came to power during the Cultural Revolution (1966–76), and were charged with a series of treasonous crimes. The gang consisted of Jiang Qing, Mao Zedong's last wife as the leading figure of the group, and her close associates Zhang Chunqiao, Yao Wenyuan, and Wang Hongwen. In 1980, the trials of the Gang of Four began. Among the prosecution’s charge of actual crimes were the usurpation of state power and party leadership; the persecution of some 750,000 people, 34,375 of whom died during the period 1966-76. It was at this trial that Jiang Qing made the famous quote: "I was Chairman Mao's dog. I bit whomever he asked me to bite." Jiang Qing was sentenced to death in 1981. “ Source Wikipidia. I was inspired to write a song commemorating the death of such evil people: Shoot the dogs, Shoot the dogs, Shoot the dogs of Mao Tse Tsung! Auss! Auss, Auss! Auss! Auss Auss! Shoot the dogs, Shoot the dogs, Shoot the dogs of Jiang Qing! Auss! Auss, Auss! Auss! Auss Auss! Shoot the dogs, Shoot the dogs, Shoot the dog Sadam Hussain! Auss! Auss, Auss! Auss! Auss Auss! Shoot the dogs, Shoot the dogs, Shoot the dog Gaddafi! Auss! Auss, Auss! Auss! Auss Auss!

      celeste.rsa - 2011-10-22 19:46

      John, don't know if you've noticed, but your song is kind of repetitive. Please take up a new hobby!

  • madmom1 - 2011-10-21 22:27

    I do understand Bishop Tutu's stand with peace and all, and yes I also can comprehend the hatred and frustration of the Libian people...my point is Libya is right now in a place which is scary and un-nerving....I agree and diagree...lets see what happens

      Horst - 2011-10-22 10:08

      Yes, of course, the Bishop is correct in his condemnation of mob violence. It would have been much better to have him in front of a court of law and then to kill him.

  • Gammat - 2011-10-21 22:29

    Watch this whole debacle explode in Nato's face. I think Libya is going to become a hell hole with infighting and a haven for Muslim extremists like Al-Qaeda. I think here in good old Cape town we live in paradise compared to those countries.

      Phillip Carlisle - 2011-10-22 09:49

      Strangely enough, according to the UN Libya had the highest standard of living for it's civilians in Africa, and by a long way, it ranked higher than most of east Europe. Almost everything was free, electricity, even petrol was almost free. The standard of living index included human rights issues. The only human rights issues I can recall only started once the uprising started.

  • Nico - 2011-10-22 02:48

    Ek stem saam met Tutu, die dood maak 'n mens is nie iets om oor bly te raak nie. Die media verlustig hulle daarin om die fotos Gaddafi vol bloed te wys. Nee wat, ons is maar net so barbaars soos Gaddafi. Ons behoort almal skaam te kry.

  • ras.k2 - 2011-10-22 04:37

    most of the comment on this page are about Tutu. i think you guys are missing the point here.

  • Jose Pereira - 2011-10-22 06:41

    Agreed...

  • John - 2011-10-22 08:19

    It Does Not Matter How Gaddafi Died. He Joins Stalin, Mao, Mao wife, Ho Chi Min, Pol Pot, Saddam Hussein, Neto, Machel, Nyerere, in hall. 42 Years of Oppression, Repression, Exploitation of the Libyan PEOPLE is Regrettable.

  • Bloubul Jonck - 2011-10-22 09:17

    Why don't you condemns the killing of the white South Africans. I Have never heard you said anything not even when a 2year old baby girl was executed by BLACK people

  • Ask - 2011-10-22 14:53

    What happened to two my posts addressed to @Adam...?????

  • Ask - 2011-10-22 15:02

    @Adam Boet I don't know you from Adam or Eve... (sounds lekker) - did Leonard ask you to respond? The issue is about choice of words; imagine Tutu to be Eugene or PW; maybe you will show more respect... Sounds like you are also not happy here... sounds like you have many issues... Why in heavens name do you bring religion into this equation... but if it will make you happy, I will take my statues of Jesus and Mary and swop them for Barbie dolls ... ok you'box'

  • Du - 2011-10-22 15:37

    Die Lewende God in die Hemel verwerp die dood van elke sondaar, ook die van Gaddafi. Tutu is egter slektief in sy veroordeling van moord en doodslag tot sy eie voordeel - wat het hy gese^ to die AWB leier koelbloedig vermoor is; wat se^ hy van elke lewende wese wat daarliks as ongeborene vermoor word deur gewttigde (in we^reldse terme)aborsie wat MOORD is, wat se^ hy van elke moord op 'n boer en sy vrou en kinders, wat .......................

  • Gary - 2011-10-22 17:53

    Such Comment makes me PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN... THANK YOU MR Desmond TUTU

      Barry - 2011-10-22 17:59

      I agree what has happened here is a travesty. A shows just how criminal the leaders of the "free" world are.

  • samkange - 2011-10-22 20:14

    Amen Arch......what i know is that those rebels had hm for some time and they had to have got an order to kill him form some superior....why?

  • dfulani - 2011-10-23 23:23

    why this gaddafi story killing again brings differences between whites and blacks south africans .....Are these whites are not africans ? How most of them think NATO attack in a sovereign country is acceptable,and they wish the same fate to mugabe ,juju ...why so many whites concerned about the ANCYl LEADERS' statements....you feel guilty about your greedness and selfishness....one day the really freedom will take place in africa.

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