Martin Williams
2 minute read
29 Dec 2021
4:30 am

Desmond Tutu: Clichés don’t describe Arch

Martin Williams

Archbishop Desmond Tutu was a complex man who was hated, as well as loved – but who ‘loved to be loved’.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu casting his vote in May 2019. Picture: Esa Alexander/Sunday Times

In psychology, projection is a process where people attribute to others what is in their own minds. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s death has prompted much projection, with people displaying clichéd assumptions. Tutu was a remarkable figure who influenced events over many decades, but it is fatuous to describe him as “respected and loved by all”, and narrow-minded to view him as a “sell-out”. Those who didn’t love and respect him included the ANC leadership, who snubbed him at Nelson Mandela’s funeral. There are still people who don’t love him because he campaigned for sanctions against apartheid South Africa. Nor was...