Be like Tata, says Tutu

2012-07-16 14:39

Cape Town - The best gift to give former president Nelson Mandela on his 94th birthday would be to act like him, archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu said on Monday.

"The greatest gift our nation could possibly give uTata Nelson Mandela for his 94th birthday this week would be to emulate his magnanimity and grace," Tutu said.

"Mr Mandela taught us to love ourselves, to love one another and to love our country. He laid the table so that all South Africans could eat; we must ensure all members of the family are invited."

Tutu said citizens should spend a few quiet moments on Wednesday thinking about Mandela's gift to the nation.

His gift had been to place reconciliation and national unity at the top of the agenda.

Tutu said the revered leader had also been willing to listen to others, to solicit and acknowledge all points of view, to set an example of forgiveness and tolerance, and to inspire hope and pride in others.

On Wednesday, also known as Mandela Day, many people intended dedicating 67 minutes to a worthy cause, in honour of Mandela fighting for social justice for 67 years.

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-16 14:52

    But don't wear a tutu, says Tata

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-16 15:16

      Yes so i can finally bomb the living s**t out of my fellow county men???

      Kala - 2012-07-16 15:41

      Schew... When I read the headline I thought we had to be like a Chinese manufactured bakkie.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-16 15:45

      Kala - lol. Why does a Tata have two exhaust pipes? So that you can push it like a wheelbarrow when it breaks down. What do you call a Tata at the top of a hill? A miracle.

      jaba.kov - 2012-07-16 15:50

      :) haha Charles - good one! PS I love Tata (not the car) - but cant stand Tutu - a two(two) faced bigot

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-16 16:00 have no idea do you...

  • victor.windsor - 2012-07-16 14:54

    Act like him, Sit at home and do nothing !!!!!!

      Bonjo - 2012-07-16 14:56

      Dude he's 93, what do you expect him to do? Spend 40 hours a week doing hard labour?

      thebe.tau - 2012-07-16 15:11

      When Victor is 93 I bet only one thing will be active in his body thanks to viagra.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-16 15:13

      My gran's clocking 95, most men don't live past 70.

      jaba.kov - 2012-07-16 15:54

      He has done so much for us - it’s easy to criticize, but what would have happened if it was not for him taking the peaceful route? Ask yourself that and realise that we are far better off now then any other sequence of events that were available at the time.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-16 16:49

      @Jaba... Agree, but just remember there is two parties involved here. It was not his own making but other factors and aspects as well... just a thought...

  • Bonjo - 2012-07-16 14:54

    "I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man." Nelson Mandela

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-16 14:58

      Even Madiba knew that blacks can be racist. So true

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-16 15:15

      I detest your need to detest my detestable comments in every article. btw, how did you get your dog to sit like that?

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-16 15:18

      @Charles i assume he used a broomstick... if you know what i'm saying...

  • rob.baggaley - 2012-07-16 15:04

    Oh shut up tutu !

      Tony Lapson - 2012-07-16 15:09

      Problem? When you tell a man of peace to shut up, what does that make you? - 2012-07-16 15:22

      Stupid comment.

      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-16 15:22

      Problem ? Yes ! This man is an insincere anti white racist. No man of peace he ! The same man, who a few months ago blamed everything from murder, rape and bad driving by blacks on ( wait for it ) apartheid ! Irritating little man, hiding behind " the church. "

      Thato Okonkwo Fakudze - 2012-07-16 15:38

      Ok Rob! Be more like Verwoerd then

      jaba.kov - 2012-07-16 15:55

      problem - he is not a man of peace...

  • thebe.tau - 2012-07-16 15:13

    Nelson Mandela, the only blk polititian to ever talk about blk racism and its dangers, salute.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-16 15:21

      Very true!!! That's why so many whites in South Africa respect him. He knows that blacks are just as capable of hating other race groups.

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-07-16 15:22

    The Archbishop has spoken.I agree with u Archbishop.Nelson Mandela was not corrupt,selfish and didnt hate people who oppose him unlike the current leadership of the ruling party at local , provincial

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-16 15:31

    With all due respect to Madiba, I don't like putting people on pedestals. Many other people worked as long and as hard as Mandela, and for the ignorant militant gadgets - a fair number of Whites as well. Yes Whites, didn't anyone ever tell you that? I wonder why? So I don't see why one man becomes the hero, whilst the others (from all other races) are just regarded as people who 'supported' the 'cause'.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-16 15:40

      Because every cause needs a poster-child. A mascot, if you will. Look at Malema, he's the mascot of black racism and stupidity.

  • hellodanie - 2012-07-16 15:42

    Nelson, Cronin and Zille - for me they are the true leaders of our country. We especially appreciate you Madiba.

      Bonjo - 2012-07-16 15:44

      Pardon my ignorance but who's Cronin? *hides*

      hellodanie - 2012-07-16 16:20

      Hi Lebo. That would be Jeremy Cronin.

      leaproach.thekeeper - 2012-07-16 22:00

      Cronin?!.......matbe the other two but CRONIN! Stop smoking your socks!

  • lwazi.sibiya.10 - 2012-07-16 15:43

    Oh gosh, shut up 2 face arch

      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-16 15:47

      My brother ! Et tu ! :)

  • alaina.nel.12 - 2012-07-16 15:46

    Mr tata ma chance tata ma bomb.

  • jan.vanriebeeck.73 - 2012-07-16 16:03

    What has he done?

  • jeffrey.mnisi - 2012-07-16 16:29

    Say that to ZUma and Motshekga

  • leaproach.thekeeper - 2012-07-16 21:55

    One man's hero is another man's man's freedom fighter is another man's terrorist. Do tell Mandela, how many civilians' bombings did you sanction!

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