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Sun Jul 31 00:41:02 SAST 2016

ANC worse than apartheid govt: Tutu

Sapa | 04 October, 2011 18:08
Archbishop Emeritsus Desmond Tutu (R) of South Africa welcomes exiled Tibetan spritual leader Dalai Lama prior to the international peace conference in Hiroshima, 02 November 2006. Nobel laureates, including Tutu, are urging China to hold talks with the Dalai Lama in light of recent Tibetan self-immolations to understand Tibetans' grievances and find a non-violent solution.
Image by: AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI

The ANC government is "worse than the apartheid government", Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu said in Cape Town.

"Our government is worse than the apartheid government, because at least you were expecting it from the apartheid government," he said in a news conference on the government's failure to grant Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama a visa.

"We were expecting we would have a government that was sensitive to sentiments of our Constitution," Tutu said.

"The trouble is that the ANC on the whole reckons that the freedom that we enjoy is due to them. They reckon everyone else is just a sideline."

Tutu, who shouted and shook his finger as he spoke, said President Jacob Zuma did not represent him.

"Hey Mr Zuma, you and your government don't represent me. You represent your own interests.

"I am warning you out of love. I am warning you like I warned the nationalists that one day we will start praying for the defeat of the ANC government. You are disgraceful."

South Africans will pray for the downfall of the ANC like they did with the apartheid government, Archbishop Desmond Tutu said in Cape Town.

"We will pray as we prayed for downfall of apartheid government, we will pray for downfall of a government that misrepresents us," Tutu shouted at a news briefing on the government's failure to grant the Tibetan leader a visa.

"The nationalists had a huge majority. They ate dust," Tutu said while shaking his finger.

He said the ANC had a large majority, but so did former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, both of whom were overthrown in popular uprisings.

"Mubarak had a large majority. Gaddafi had a large majority. Watch out. I am warning you. Watch out."

Tutu said South Africa was helped by the international community to overcome apartheid.

"People were opposed to injustice and oppression and people believe that we South Africans would be on the side of those who are oppressed. Tibet is being oppressed," he said.

"Our government, representing me, says it will not support Tibetans who are being oppressed viciously by the Chinese."

Tutu also had strong words for President Jacob Zuma.

He said he once listened to one of Zuma's state of the nation speeches as the president paid tribute to everyone, apart from religious leaders, in bringing about democracy.

"I listened to this president paying tribute to all kinds of people who had helped bring about democracy in this country," Tutu said.

"This president did not mention a single religious leader. Let the ANC know that they can not airbrush us out."

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