Desmond Tutu: Young people are too blasé about voting

2014-05-07 13:44

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Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah were ushered to the front of a long queue at the Milnerton High School today – but fellow voters in the seaside Cape Town suburb didn’t seem to mind.

Tutu (82) was barely recognisable without his purple cleric’s robe. He was wearing a beret – a black one – black slacks and a V-neck jersey, and he leaned heavily on a walking stick.

Speaking outside the school afterwards, he said: “Years ago people died for the privilege to vote. These days young people are too blasé.”

He was swamped by journalists and photographers, to whom he said: “Enough now, please,” before getting into the back of a white Toyota Prius.

At a media briefing last month, Tutu said he would not vote for the ANC in the general elections today.

“I won’t tell you who I am going to vote for, though,” he told journalists then.

“I won’t vote for them [the ANC]. I dreamt of a society where people really mattered. But still many of our children are being educated under trees and in mud schools,” he said at the time.

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