Madiba tribute: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

By Kirstin Buick
06 December 2013

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu pays tribute to Nelson Mandela.

CLERIC, ACTIVIST In negotiation Mandela always tried to ensure that he didn’t make the other person feel that he was rubbing his nose in the dust. After their public debate on television he got up to shake hands with [former president] FW de Klerk so graciously. It was a very small gesture and yet it was so pregnant with significance since so many were getting angrier and angrier with the last apartheid government. Mandela was quite clear that you didn’t win in order to humiliate the other; victory didn’t mean riding roughshod over the vanquished.

'Mandela was quite clear that you didn’t win in order to humiliate the other.'

When the Truth and Reconciliation Commission subpoenaed [former state president] PW Botha, for instance, I think he felt in part that it was a humiliation to have to come at our bidding. Madiba sent word to him to say that if you’re feeling that they’re somehow seeking to embarrass and humiliate you, I, the president, would be ready to attend a session and sit side by side with you.

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Extracted from Mandela: The Authorised Portrait 

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