Tutu wins one-off R8.5m prize

2012-10-04 16:53

Johannesburg - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu on Thursday was awarded a one-off R8.52m ($1m) prize by the Mo Ibrahim foundation that promotes good governance on the continent.

At a glitzy Johannesburg hotel, Sudanese-born billionaire Mo Ibrahim said the special civil society prize was in recognition of Tutu's "lifelong commitment to speaking truth to power".

He said the award was not designed to replace his annual excellence in African leadership prize, given to former heads of state who recently stepped down after a tenure that respected their country's constitution.

Ibrahim's prize giving has put him at front and centre of the debate over governance in Africa

Since 2006 the telecoms mogul's foundation has tried to give one African an initial prize of more than R42.6m ($5m) and an additional R1.7m ($200 000) a year for life.

But thanks to stringent criteria, he has not always been successful.

In the seven years since its inception, the annual prize has been awarded only three times, plus a special award for Nelson Mandela.

The award is given to a "democratically elected African head of state or government who has demonstrated exceptional leadership, served his or her constitutionally mandated term and left office in the last three years".

Previous winners of the multi-million dollar award include former presidents Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique, Festus Mogae of Botswana and Pedro Pires of Cape Verde.

In 2009 and 2010 the foundation did not award the prize, saying there were no suitable candidates.

The 2012 winner - or lack of winner - will be unveiled on 12 October in London.

The foundation also publishes an index of African Governance, which ranks countries on good governance.

Last year, Mauritius was at the top of the index, while Chad, Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic languished at the bottom.

  • makavelithedonkilluminati.shakur - 2012-10-04 17:05

    Please don't give Zuma a cent,even if he promises you a tender,please don't give him,he's greedy. Its nice to see black people excelling,its no longer a white man's world.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-04 17:39

      Always some ass with his racist cr@p!

      sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-10-04 17:41

      I read the comment, and thought agree, agree, agree, agree - the last part unfortunately drivel!

      hendrikvs - 2012-10-04 17:47

      Shame! Poor maka.

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-10-04 17:21

    Hopefully he will do what Madiba and he himself asked and that's share your riches with the poor ....

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-10-04 18:18

      He won't be taking those texts literally, I'm sure.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-10-04 17:26

    Lets hope he puts it to good use amongst the needy. I respect this man,he is NEVER afraid to speak his mind!

  • steve.blignaut - 2012-10-04 17:29

    hahaha - so mosque opens and money flows.... hmmmm....

  • jola.jose.7 - 2012-10-04 17:36

    Congratulation bishop, but I thought thabo mbeki deserve this for the good job he did in Sudan and the continent as whole

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-10-04 18:18

      Mbeki have his flaws, but he was way better than the bullfrog currently serving.

  • goodguy.buthelezi - 2012-10-04 17:38

    Congrats Mr Tutu that is alot of money. Msholozi would have been planning a wedding and lobola with it.

  • louiseroger.higham - 2012-10-04 17:41

    Good man he deverves it

  • thozi - 2012-10-04 17:42

    Thank you Arch, firstly for standing steadfast for the genuine truth you believe in and secondly for not changing while everyone around you patronises the false friendshps and glitters of our current high society. Congratulations Arch, you deserve every accolade and more. May the Good Lord bless you more and more.

  • gregory.jurgens - 2012-10-04 17:47

    Congrats Bishop , you deserve it.

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-10-04 18:17

      He's rich enough! How about giving to the poor!

  • sifundo.mqadi.3 - 2012-10-04 18:02

    Amen Bishop......

  • nghamula.mdunwazi - 2012-10-04 18:06

    Eish!please adopt me I want to be your son.

  • bouncing.betty.33 - 2012-10-04 18:09

    Oh look he wanted to tax the hell out of white people just because they are white, and now look, he's gona be taxed the hell out of that amount, bye bye 40%.

      dewaldmontgomery - 2012-10-04 18:16

      Actually, it's 40% now, plus another 22% when he goes to the grave. Thanks to the government he helped establish.

  • dewaldmontgomery - 2012-10-04 18:15

    Now be a good example, and give your earthly posessions away to the poor. All of it.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-10-04 18:29

    Religious idiots and materialism goes hand in hand.

      azande.futhi - 2012-10-04 19:39

      God bless you

  • collins.ntelele - 2012-10-04 18:43

    What is the old man going to do with such a windfall?As a sign of goodwill,Emeritus,please share it with the poor,myself included.

      azande.futhi - 2012-10-04 19:40

      there are a lot of community buildings initiatives that he is busy in, and also, it will assist to take the gospel of Christ forward.

  • charl.deswardt - 2012-10-04 18:57

    Now I'm confused. Is it the same person who a while ago said in a statement that whites should pay more taxes? How can they give that to somebody who make blatant racist remarks. Question two- is he paying tax on that money as he is supposed to or will he be exempted because of his colour?????????????????

      azande.futhi - 2012-10-04 19:42

      did you get the rationale behind that statement or you just selectively extracted the part you thought would suit your cynic habit?

      Onke Mdingi - 2012-10-04 19:54

      Mo Ibrahim (like any outsider) is not at liberty to fiddle with the internal affairs of any country

      Christiaan Jacobs - 2012-10-04 20:09

      The racist little bastard should donate every cent to charity!! Christian my ass.

  • nugh.tyer - 2012-10-04 20:07

    Well done to a man who doesn't fear speaking his mind even when he knows its not going to make him popular amongst the power drunk World leaders.

  • Mike Peach - 2012-10-04 20:09

    I heard he is going to buy real bullets for the cops aparrently he doesnt like devils therefore God is returning making anc rule come to an end,according to jacob.Things are right.

  • johan.jacobs.33821 - 2012-10-04 20:41

    At last he joins the prosperity Gospel,nice work Bishop.A free ticket on the gravytrain is compulsary.

  • neilza - 2012-10-04 20:52

    "At a glitzy Johannesburg hotel, Sudanese-born billionaire Mo Ibrahim said the special civil society prize was in recognition of Tutu's "lifelong commitment to speaking truth to power"." All tutu does is talk. A bag of hot air

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-10-04 20:55

    I have no comment on this award. Okay, persoanlly I think it is undeserved, but then what do I know.

  • billy.bunter.779 - 2012-10-04 20:56

    And of course, his recent tirade against Tony Blair invading Iraq had absolutely NO influence on this "special" award.

  • George - 2012-10-04 21:04

    One-off prize?! Sounds like a payoff for services rendered...

  • michael.emmanuel.77 - 2012-10-04 21:10

    I would like to know what Mo Ibrahim has done to the Sudanese people especially the people of South Sudan who has suffered throughout their lives,it is a noble cause to reward people who comes out exceptional in issues to do with good governance,democracy and human rights but Democracy is a very difficult proposition to Africa,when people are on empty stomach without food to eat it becomes difficult to comprehend such amounts being given to those who have already,if billionaires like Mo will emulate Bill and Melinda Gates the better,the couple spend much of their fortunes on fighting malaria,Tb,Aids especially in Africa,if Africa would build strong foundations as Graca said in her speech were we eradicate diseases,poverty and so forth,maybe these prizes will make sense and be justified but in a midst of poverty to splash these amounts difficult to understand.

  • ceba.mlandu - 2012-10-04 22:12

    okes, you can hate all you like. Fact is he won the award and the gwap regardless of what you think. And there's vokol you can do about it.

  • diran.pillay - 2012-10-04 23:50

    Interesting to see what he will do with the money

  • matthew.swanepoel.9 - 2012-10-05 08:24

    Um Desmond Tutu is the person that wanted to enforce a "White Tax", anyone remember that. He is an idiot of a huge degree.

  • francois.v.eeden.3 - 2012-10-05 10:17

    he should donate it to charity

  • liz.rudy.3 - 2012-10-05 12:02

    Um, am I the only person that has a problem with an Archbishop receiving a cash reward? Would it not have been better to award the prize and donate the money to charity?

  • Khomotso - 2012-10-07 11:17

    Tutu Tutu always ag man myb dt R8.5m given 2 unemployed youth 2 hav skill atleast

  • mmoledis - 2012-12-11 10:31

    I think those monies should just be dionated to the charity organisations because if there is no winner found it seems as if African states men a suitable when in power and care less of what is on the offer for good governance as long as they are in power then they are fine and nothing else.

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