Mukoni Ratshitanga
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2 Aug 2019
6:40 am

Counterattack to crisis vital

Mukoni Ratshitanga

This year’s 52nd anniversary of the death of then ANC president Chief Albert Luthuli – also the first African Nobel Peace Prize Laureate – passed with nary a mention.

Mukoni Ratshitanga.

Among the most respected leaders in South Africa, Africa and further afield in the ’50s and ’60s, Luthuli was venerated for his role in the struggle against apartheid and bolstering the humanist ethical canons which would later inspire our post-apartheid constitutional order. In a December 8, 1959, letter to Luthuli, two years before he was to receive the Nobel Prize, the African-American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jnr told his South African fellow traveller that he, Luthuli, evinced “a dignity and calmness of spirit seldom paralleled in human history”. Chief Luthuli appreciated the necessity for a unified and cohesive...