“In a style unique unto himself, he masterfully used his position as a cleric to mobilise South Africans, Africans and the global community against the brutalities and immorality of the apartheid government.
“Fighting for freedom from the trenches of SA required a courage that cannot be described. Day by day, minute by minute, every step he took he was shaping the course of history. Every sentence he spoke impacted the lives of millions, and both unified and empowered those in the noble struggle against apartheid,” said Machel.
Mandela’s wife said despite the momentous weight Tutu shouldered, he stood resolute and fearless.
“His voice of reason reverberated throughout the transition to democracy.”
Machel said from the unspeakable horrors of apartheid came a desperate need to initiate a process for accountability and healing.
“When the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was established, it required someone steeped in faith, morality, impartiality, integrity and a boundless capacity for empathy to steer its momentous course.
“The decision to have Tutu steward such a crucial building block of SA’s democracy was one master stroke.”