Tutu is the voice of the unheard

2011-11-09 12:33

In defence of the beloved Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, the arguments by Piet Rampedi and Yonela Diko in their articles titled “Tutu goes too far” and “The Arch’s pulpit politics are self-indulgent” (City Press, October 16 2011), respectively, cannot be left unchallenged.

I welcome debate on what transpires in our country and beyond.

Rampedi argues for the legitimacy of the present ANC-led government.

He justifies this based on the victory of the ANC in past democratic elections.

Legitimacy does not protect the government from becoming autocratic, neither does it shield it from abusing its power.

The Archbishop is not the spokesperson of the electorate.

However, responding to the experiences he went through and critiquing government voices the views of the many who cannot access popular platforms.

Simply put, his frustrations are not his alone.

Both Rampedi and Diko fail to mention it was not the first time the government had denied the Dalai Lama a visa.

Another important thing they missed is that, though the media conference was about the Dalai Lama’s visa application, the Archbishop can cite other incidents to contextualise his criticism.

If the ANC government respects the people, it would have felt obliged to explain and justify how the Dalai Lama’s visit would be negative for us.

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