Published on Dispatch online, July 23, 2010.
Linked with Truth and Reconciliation Commission TRC.
NOBEL Peace laureate Desmond Tutu has announced that he wants to bow out of public life, and spend more time drinking tea at home with his wife.
“My schedule has grown increasingly punishing over the years,” he told a media briefing in Cape Town’s St George’s Cathedral yesterday .
“The time has now come to slow down, to sip, ja, maybe rooibos tea with my beloved wife in the afternoons, to watch cricket and rugby and soccer and tennis,” he said.
“I think I’ve done as much as I can and really do need time for the other things that I have wanted to be doing.
“I do want a little more quiet.”
Tutu, who was awarded the prize in 1984 for his role in the anti-apartheid struggle, said he would turn 79 on October 7 … //
… Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille said the archbishop had become an international icon of fearless integrity, who had taken a stand against power abuse throughout his long public life.
“He has paid a high price for it at times, but always triumphed through his blend of faith and self-deprecating humour,” Zille said.”
“The ‘Arch’ was always a voice of reason in times of trouble, and gave us a steady moral compass. That is why he was honoured with a Nobel Peace Prize.
“South African leaders in all fields have been pathfinders for the world. Archbishop Tutu is among the very best. May he and his beloved wife, Leah, enjoy peace and privacy in their retirement.”
General Bantu Holomisa, leader of the United Democratic Movement, said the Archbishop had been a key role- player in the lives of all South Africans.
He was part of the Struggle, he helped shape the new South Africa and he continued to build on his humanitarian work through his numerous projects.
“Desmond Tutu has also affected the course of events in the world and has become an icon of reason, virtue, patience and tolerance,” Holomisa said. — Sapa, with additional reporting by I- Net Bridge. (full text).