Kekeletso Nakeli-Dhliwayo
2 minute read
30 Dec 2021
4:00 am

Desmond Tutu’s death a reminder that SA is yet to confront unhealed wounds

Kekeletso Nakeli-Dhliwayo

Are we mature enough to admit that the celebrated may have traded their convictions for comfort?

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and FW de Klerk at Tutu’s 75th birthday party on 25 September 2006, which was held at the house of then-British High Commissioner Paul Boateng in Cape Town. Picture: Andrew Brown

We are a nation in pain. This year we have in quick succession laid to rest the last remaining Nobel Peace Prize laureates in South Africa: the last apartheid president, FW de Klerk, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. While the nation mourns, we cannot ignore that some view the men’s contributions differently. While they were hailed as heroes and game changers, many did not bat an eyelid at hearing that they are no longer with us… This got me thinking how different history is interpreted when read from the pages of personal, lived and unlived, experiences. Many remember Tutu as a...