REFLECTION ON DESMOND TUTU | Tony Heard: One of the last of the true greats, along with Mandela

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
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The Arch, as Desmond Tutu was affectionately known, fearlessly stood up to the dehumanising machine of apartheid throughout its formal course in South Africa. This didn't stop after a apartheid ended, with Tutu not averse to having spats with those in charge, writes Tony Heard

Desmond Tutu was surely the last of the truly great figures of our age in South Africa, ranking with Nelson Mandela. Nations, if exceptionally fortunate, benefit from such figures every few hundred years or so.

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