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Tutu leaves his mark on Cradle

2013-07-31 19:27

Johannesburg - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu added his footprint to a walkway at the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, north-west of Johannesburg, on Wednesday.

Tutu placed his foot in a block of wet concrete, joining a list of Nobel laureates who had done so.

Other famous footprints outside the Tumulus building at the site included those of former president Thabo Mbeki and former UN secretary general Kofi Annan.

The left-handed Tutu quipped as he put his signature next to his footprint: "God made people perfect; the others He made right-handed."

He asked: "Waar's my kous?" (where is my sock) when he finished making his footprint.

The project represents support for the belief that the first humans walked out of Africa to populate the rest of the planet.

A jovial Tutu joked with journalists and tourists while he was taken on a short guided tour of the Cradle's exhibition centre.

The 1984 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former head of the South African Anglican Church described the brief ceremony of leaving his footprint as "humbling" and "a huge privilege".

Tutu burst out laughing while telling a story of how he and his wife were in the Netherlands when a 400-year-old school was named after him.

"A little girl rushed up to me and asked me if I was there when the school started," he said.

"It is scientifically proven that we belong to one family. That is why ubuntu is so important. Ubuntu started here."

Tutu's footprints joined the human database at the Cradle of Humankind, which is also famous as the location where a pre-human skull, now known as Mrs Ples, was discovered.

A complete hominid skeleton, called Little Foot, was also unearthed at the site.

Comments
  • Squeegee Pilot - 2013-07-31 20:28

    So many comments spring to mind, but...

      neilza - 2013-07-31 21:39

      haha was thinking that too :-) guess we should keep them to ourselves

      SaintBruce Bruce - 2013-07-31 22:58

      So is this ex-clergyman showing support for a concept that goes against Biblical instruction [ Evolution]? The entire reason the Tumulus Centre exists is to promote that theory. Perhaps he has forgotten what the large cross around his neck represents? Or he just keeps seeking the limelight?

  • Solomon Matli - 2013-07-31 20:35

    That's good Tutu. Keep up the good work. Some of us believe in you.

  • Ras Thami M - 2013-07-31 21:12

    Well old man you should do a nation a favor and just retire because personally we can't respect a bishop who went against the word of God an support homosexually because he was offered 7 million

  • Tshezi Mkhabela - 2013-07-31 21:36

    tutu is our gud example i admire him becouse he knows that truth need no support

  • Donald Ronald - 2013-07-31 22:56

    Kkkkk Tutu us just a charismatic human rights activist. He knows nothing about the word if God. He came out of the closet, he said he doesn't worship a God who is homophobic, satan is the only one who is a hemophilia. In other words he was saying his views align with those of satan.

  • Donald Ronald - 2013-07-31 22:58

    God said it's a sin to have set with a person if the same sex. Pl ain and simple

  • Effnewname MuppetMafia - 2013-08-01 00:19

    Donald can you show me the proof where he said it ??? Oh it was written in a book right . Lance amstrong also had a book... He wrote he didnt use drugs

  • firmsly.kabelo - 2013-08-01 01:04

    Emeritus Desmond "Homophobic God" Tutu

  • Donald Ronald - 2013-08-01 04:26

    Ahhh you the only one Jerusalem who hasn't heard. Tooo bad bro try current affairs channels coz if you stick to channel O you will continue missing out.

  • Tinashe Gombera - 2013-08-01 10:06

    tutu is jus one kiss ass,sorry to say it,but its a fact

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