Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
4 minute read
27 Dec 2021
5:21 pm

‘Visionary’ Desmond Tutu was no sellout – political experts

Sipho Mabena

Political experts say those critical of the late archbishop are being naïve.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Picture: Gallo Images/Oryx Media Archive

The global outpouring of grief for Archbishop Desmond Tutu and admiration for his contribution to humanity has been marred by scorn from his home country, largely from supporters of former president Jacob Zuma. But political experts believe the international icon of peace’s critics can be forgiven for their naivety, given Tutu’s post-1994 role in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), where he made apartheid enforcers and activists face their atrocities. Also worth noting is that Tutu was critical of the ANC after the Polokwane conference in December 2007, where Zuma took the reins of the party and ultimately the country,...