Sydney Majoko
3 minute read
28 Dec 2021
7:00 am

Desmond Tutu’s legacy beyond reproach

Sydney Majoko

He chose to be a thorn in the side of the apartheid state and used the global platform available to him to fight against injustice.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu visits the Brooklyn Chest Hospital vaccination site on 17 May 2021 in Cape Town, South Africa. Picture: Gallo Images/Brenton Geach

In September 1989, several anti-apartheid leaders and organisations participated in a protest march in Cape Town. Although apartheid was already crumbling, it needed the final push of a Defiance Campaign to finally bring it to an end. The 1989 protest became all the more significant because it happened in the same month that the last apartheid general election was held. Although it was organised by a cross-section of SA’s political organisations and leaders, the one leader who stood out was Archbishop Desmond Tutu who died on Boxing Day. As was the case with Nelson Mandela’s death, some young upstarts have...