If Madiba knew, his heart would bleed – Tutu

2012-07-18 13:59

If former president Nelson Mandela knew “at all” how bad things still were in South Africa, “his heart would be bleeding”, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has said.

Tutu participated in a dialogue with the theme “Living Reconciliation”, held today at the University of the Free State (UFS) in Bloemfontein.

The dialogue is part of the Global Leadership Summit currently taking place at the campus.

Tutu told a packed hall that, with Mandela’s birthday being celebrated today, he does not think this is what he struggled and went to jail for.
“It is inconceivable that after 18 years of democracy there are still people staying in shacks, children who are learning under trees, children without textbooks, people who go to bed hungry and children who want to say I passed matric with 30%,” he said.

Tutu said there are people who would leave the country today and be snatched up all over the world.

He said SA has incredible doctors and professionals, who refuse to work for government.

But, he pleaded with South Africans not to allow those people in government “to spoil” the dream of a better South Africa.

“Would you allow us to go to our graves smiling? Why do you want us to go to our grave weeping?” he asked.
Tutu also encouraged students during the university’s Nelson Mandela Day celebrations to do their part in bringing about change.

Tutu was awarded an honorary doctorate in theology by the UFS last year.

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