Thursday, September 25, 2008

Tutu slams Affirmative Action

Tut tut, Tutu what took you so long? And how ironic is it that he states that two traditionally 'white' sports - cricket and rugby - has done a lot to unite the country?

White South Africans have done more to unite the races than they are given credit for whereas a black government has done more to foster anger and resentment among the races - all unnecessary since whites had demonstrated in the 1992 referendum their willingness to share the country by voting overwhelmingly to end apartheid.

What thanks did whites get? They got slapped with 15 years of apartheid in reverse with no end in sight - and they are expected to be grateful?

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Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has again slammed South Africa's high levels of crime and corruption and expressed doubt about the efficacy of the government's affirmative action policy.

Tutu was speaking at the sixth annual Beyers Naude memorial lecture at Stellenbosch University on Tuesday hosted by the Kagiso Trust. The lecture was themed "Re-imagining the rainbow".

The trust was established by Tutu and Naude when he was still alive.

Tutu said rampant corruption and crime in the country was "horrible", and added that affirmative action had been poorly applied and had resulted in the appointment of inefficient and incompetent people occupying jobs they did not deserve.

However, rugby and cricket helped in uniting the nation, he said.

Tutu also expressed great worry over the exodus of ministers following the resignation of President Thabo Mbeki on Sunday.

He particularly expressed concern over the resignation of Finance Minister Trevor Manuel. Manuel later said he would be staying on as minister.

Allan Boesak, who was present at the lecture, told the Cape Argus that the youth, especially, should reach out across cultural boundaries and galvanise into action in light of the difficulties faced by the country.

He said he had no doubt that Mbeki's resignation had created wounds within the ANC that needed to be healed.

Boesak called on the ruling party, at this "crucial and historic moment", to take the necessary steps and put the interests of the nation first.

Asked if he thought Mbeki's departure would give way to a new political party, he said: "Anything is possible, but that would create confusion."

A political party formed as a knee-jerk reaction would not take off the ground, he added.

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Anonymous said...

Remember the Leon Shuster song about the Arch hopping and a bopping in his purple gown?
How he must long for those days.