One day we will pray for the defeat and the downfall of the ANC – Tutu

2011-10-04 18:12

The current South African government is worse than the apartheid government, Archbishop Desmond Tutu has said, adding that “one day we will pray for the defeat and the downfall of the ANC”.

Tutu responded to the Dalai Lama’s decision to cancel his planned trip to the country for Tutu’s 80th birthday because he had not been granted a visa.

During a press briefing in Cape Town this afternoon, a visibly angry Tutu said the current government, led by the ANC, was no different from the apartheid government because “when we applied for visas with the apartheid government we would not know (what progress has been made with the application) until last minute”.

“This government, our government, is worse than the apartheid government,” said Tutu.

“The ANC reckons that the freedom we enjoy today is due to them and sidelines everybody.”

Tutu said the minister of international relations assured the country that the “Dalai Lama can come to the country at any time. But what has happened now?”

“I cannot believe this, I really cannot believe this,” he said.Referring to the ANC led government, he said: “I am warning you, please watch out.

“One day we will pray for the defeat and the downfall of the ANC.”

When asked if his comments meant he would disassociate himself from the ANC, he said, “I am not a card-carrying member of the ANC”.

Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza, SC, chairperson of the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre, said it was not true that the visa was not granted because the application had been received late.

He said four letters were written to the government – the first on September 7 – but there was no response.

“When it became clear that nothing was forthcoming we sent a letter to Minister of Home Affairs Dr Dlamini Zuma. The response was that the matter should be dealt with by the department of international relations,” said Ntsebeza.

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