Botswana’s former president Ian Khama has praised the late Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu for his efforts in standing up for human rights.
Tutu died at his home in Cape Town at the age of 90. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his role in the struggle to abolish the apartheid system.
Khama reflects on his memories of the late Archbishop,” He was a marvel when it comes to standing up for human rights. We saw that expressed during the apartheid days when he was a very strong and effective anti-apartheid activist. He has also been an extremely active person in championing human rights all around the world, but of course in SA. I remember very well during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, how he was so passionately involved and even at one stage, he broke down in tears when he heard the testimony about how people are treated.”
People in the UK mourn Tutu’s passing
People in the United Kingdom are also mourning the passing of Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
He was a familiar face in England for more than 50 years. As a young man, he spent years studying in London, where his legacy is still felt to this day.
The Muslim Judicial Council of South Africa (MJC) has sent its condolences to the family of Tutu.
The MJC said that as an international icon, anti-aparthied and human rights activist and freedom fighter – Tutu had given his life selflessly to the struggle and freedom of all South Africans.
It said the Archbishop was a friend of the MJC with whom it shared many platforms, including the fight against apartheid, with its late MJC President, Nazeem Mohamed.