Giants reunited: Tutu and Mandela saw the greatness in each other

They were the two most brightly shining beacons of SA’s transformation — now both are gone

31 December 2021 - 00:00

Tutu had this to say about Nelson Mandela’s 27 years in prison: “The time in jail was quite crucial. Of course, suffering embitters some people, but it ennobles others. Prison became a crucible that burned away the dross. People could never say to him: ‘You talk glibly of forgiveness. You haven’t suffered. What do you know?’ Twenty-seven years gave him the authority to say, ‘Let us try to forgive.’”

Tutu was ordained a few months after the 1960 Sharpeville massacre when 69 black South Africans were shot dead. He finally got the chance to vote 34 years later — at the age of 63. ..

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