University of the Free State (UFS) Vice-Chancellor, Francis Petersen has described Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu as an exceptional and inspirational leader.
Tutu officially launched Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice in January 2011 at the University of the Free State.
The institute was established as a result of the racially insulting video at the university’s Reitz residence called the ”Reitz Four”.
At the same event, he was bestowed an Honorary Doctorate by the UFS Faculty of Theology.
Professor Petersen has acknowledged the role played by the late Anglican church Archbishop in uniting the education sector during difficult times.
“At a personal level, I have been inspired by his humbleness that allows us and allows me to listen. [It also] allowed me to serve properly those that have entrusted me to lead them. We remember Archbishop Desmond Tutu [for] being the voice for the voiceless,” explains Petersen.
In the video below, University of the Free State praises Tutu for his role in educational development:
Meanwhile, one of the residents of Bloemfontein says he will remember Tutu as a liberator who fought for the emancipation of the people of the world in general.
This Bloemfontein resident says the country has lost a hero.
“Mr Tutu played a vital role in [the lives of] African people. All I know [is that] the country has lost a hero and a fighter who fought for freedom.”