Teach children decent values - Tutu

2012-04-29 16:02

Johannesburg - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has called on parents to teach their children better values and for the rich to help the poor.

"If we raised our children with decent values, surely incidents such as the gang rape of the apparently mentally impaired teenage girl in Soweto 10 days ago could never have happened," he wrote in a letter published in the Sunday Times.

He expressed alarm that over the past 18 years, South Africa had moved from an "organised nation of activists for social change", to a nation preoccupied with the accumulation of personal wealth.

He responded to criticism of his statement last year that the wealthy, who were mainly white, should use some of their money to help the poor.

"Surely it is not outrageous to suggest that it would be in the interests of the 'haves' to contribute to a more equitable, stable and sustainable society? If not in cash, then in kind," he wrote.

The poor too, he said, had a responsibility to work for the common good and could make contributions that did not depend on wealth. This included making sure children went to school, joining neighbourhood watches, and helping neighbours.

"Living in filthy and unhygienic conditions is not necessarily a product of poverty," he wrote.

  • sisasenkosi.maseko - 2012-04-29 16:32

    So that when they grow up they dont blame anyone or hit the bush

      Hugh - 2012-04-30 10:26

      Maybe it will help if the majority of fathers remained with one woman and did not think he was a big man by being father of all fathers with a child in very town or village. I know of two of these irreponsible idiots in our neighbourhood who do not work but have six children between them. Each from a new woman. Both have no concept of the potential damage to their children. The worst is that the women seem to unfazed and never considered abortion because they visit occasionally with baby in tow. Maybe this has something to do with the child grant?

  • George - 2012-04-29 16:39

    Bishop, I think judge Bill left out an order: I hereby order Bishop Tutu to perform missionary work amongst the lost sheep of the ANC until their moral fibre approximates that of the great stalwarts of the past, yourself included. Teach well, its a big job!

      amanda.victor2 - 2012-04-30 05:03

      Exactly. When will Tutu stop lecturing and lead by example? Tutu has become a very rich person knocking the whites. He knows it's the easiest money he can make. Pity he doesn't use some of it to educate his fellow blacks about morals and decency.

  • Hein - 2012-04-29 16:42

    Teach thu children. \ thu shall not steal,thu shall not kill people,thu must be free to be alive,not free and dom-freedom\.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-29 16:51

    Mr tutu i think look at your government first.

  • Glyn - 2012-04-29 17:02

    Well said Tutu! Just a pity the parents of the anc government did not do that! Zuma has good manners! Ha! Ha! Pull the other one! @Tutu - You say be best things 20 years too late.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-29 17:13

    Len and Rob you okes are beauts.

  • Kobus - 2012-04-29 17:13

    yes, bishop - only by looking at these comments, it is clear where the moral fiber of our nation has gone to! No-one is as blind or deaf those who choose it in order to keep shifting blame and justify, and remain passive except for lifting a beggar's hand. For how long? To suffer more till some responsibility is taken for your own life and those around you and the generation to come...

  • tshekiso.saul - 2012-04-29 17:17

    Then the funny laws must be removed.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-29 17:42

      Funny laws?

  • Michael Holthuysen - 2012-04-29 17:22

    As long as we have leaders in our country who have no moral ethics - the flock will neither. Just look at Zuma and his moral disgrace - are we surprised when even the President runs around with his pants by his ankles, without any moral conscience as to what is happening to our society and country?

      Jean - 2012-04-29 17:29

      Mike, get clear, dnt do as yo father does, but u need to make your own descission not because your dad is drunkard that you should also follow his foot steps, no.

      Jean - 2012-04-29 17:30

      Mike, get clear, dnt do as yo father does, but u need to make your own descission not because your dad is drunkard that you should also follow his foot steps, no.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-04-29 17:41

    I wonder if the venerable Arch knows that there are around 5mil whites in this country and that many of them are "have nots". Had the economy and the people not been raped and pillaged by the current regime, more whites would be "haves", because their pensions would actually mean something and then they would be in a position to lend a hand. Sadly, most of them cannot. So maybe the self-made wealthy black citizens should stick their hands into their pockets...

      schalkwbu31ger - 2012-04-29 18:07

      Maybe tutu should take a good look at his own children and their lawlessness. How much of your wealth do you spent on the poor and suffering. Only time he speak up is when he judge other people but found himself in the same as all the people he accuse. Poor bi\r\ngot

      amanda.victor2 - 2012-04-30 05:05

      The problem is that blacks don't look after each other. You can look at the rest of Africa as an example. They would rather steal from their own people than help them. Then they run to the UN and IMF for more Western money to replace the funds they've stolen. And the stupid IMF and UN keep giving!

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-29 18:11

    Nice one Glyn

  • Lynda - 2012-04-29 18:24

    Oh Tutu......still wanting the white people (with all the money, ha ha, not any more) to step in and teach black children how to behave......are you completely and utterly raving mad? You are the church man, the missionary and I'm sure you have a few bucks to spend, so put your money where your mouth is for once and do something constructive instead of just mouthing off!!!

      arne.verhoef - 2012-04-29 19:03

      How are you making this a racial matter lady? Lord knows we need some higher moral ground in this country of ours, black and white. Are you part of the problem, or the solution?

  • Jenny - 2012-04-29 19:26

    The black middle class now outnumber the white middle class, and the wealthy black people now outnumber wealthy white people.

      Jenny - 2012-04-29 19:29

      And another thing.... exactly which racial demographic is committing these outrageous violations? Why should anyone expect white people to pay for a lost cause like this. They can't teach your children values - you as parents are responsible. These days, there are no white teachers in black schools, so really don't know how you expect white people to teach moral values.

      Jenny - 2012-04-29 19:32

      And a final word (sorry)... I personally cannot make ends meet every month since the cost of everything - electricity, rates, petrol, food etc are now beyond my salary means. Sorry Mr Tutu - I can't afford to pay towards saving the souls of our fellow countrymen. Seriously fed up with all this crap!

      arne.verhoef - 2012-04-29 19:34

      Where do you get this racist BS from? He said nothing about whites having to teach blacks manners?

  • rendaninick.mudau - 2012-04-29 19:33

    arch bishop never stop playing with child

  • stefaans.blaauw - 2012-04-29 21:26

    Money can't teach good manners mr TOE, TOE. Neither can corrupt parents, a corrupt educational system, or the corrupt government. Please stop blaming the wealthy white people and start looking around you and relise how many poor white people you have right around you. Have you relized how FAT the government officials became?? It is not a shame to be poor, Bbut it is a bluddy shame to be ignorant, and corrupt. dream on BISCOP

  • gailcarolynhayes - 2012-04-30 13:47

    With te greatest will in the world Arch I think you need to realise that even if everyone of the approx 4 million whites were to do as you ask it would make little difference. Many of those 4 million are just making it every month and pay tax bu equally many are elderly people or scholars. This is why the haves who vote the for the alternative parties do so because there is albeit a small percentage of maybe 20% of the remaining 40 odd million who have become excessively wealthy and not necessarily through their own labour either among the black population who could be added to those possibly financially relatively stable white people who could donate ideas and skills and materials to the poor. In addition the govt should control immigation of unskilled people into this country who are able to undercut and destroy the people born here of their small venntures such as spazas etc. In addition a much heavier import tax should be placed on Chinese goods which were formerly made by skilled people who are now jobless because their wage demands exceeded the ability of investors to pay for maintenance of equipment etc as well as infrastructure and tax.

  • gailcarolynhayes - 2012-04-30 13:52

    Oh and by the way although my sons are spread to the 4 corners of the globe where their skills are appreciated they still contribute to SA through myself who teaches free at underprivilged schools and also supports a family who has been with us for 24 years. Many of the ex-pats still support this country in this way and now I see the SARS wants to make those who weren't wanted here pay taxes on foreign earnings.

  • vandereems - 2012-04-30 23:29

    The bishop is correct that it is responsibility of parents to teach values to their children. This is the reason why many parents choose home education, so that their children get their values from parents and not from peer groups and the government curriculum. Read more at

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