Desmond Tutu and the post-apartheid government: Clashing heads with the ANC

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu was born in 1931. Photo: Wessel Oosthuizen/Gallo Images
Archbishop Desmond Tutu was born in 1931. Photo: Wessel Oosthuizen/Gallo Images

After playing a key role in the fight against apartheid and leading the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu became a fierce critic of the ANC after the dawn of democracy.

Tutu, who was globally renowned for his reconciliation work and winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, retired as archbishop of Cape Town in 1996. 

Slowly, he started to condemn the ANC-led government for failing to deal with the issue of corruption, poverty and xenophobic violence in the townships.

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