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Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

Desmond Tutu wanted to be a teacher. But when the racist regime separated education along colour lines, it drove him to the Church. And from there, he set about politely undermining the architecture of apartheid. In 1975, he became the first black Anglican Dean of Johannesburg.
He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his relentless religious criticism of apartheid during Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment.
Mandela later chose Archbishop Tutu to chair the Truth and Reconciliation Commission which he did between 1996 and 2000. This was an opportunity to explore the atrocities committed by both sides. Despite decades of frontline experience, the “evil we have uncovered” appalled even him.
Now Archbishop Tutu serves as the chair of ‘The Elders’, the Mandela inspired and Sir Richard Branson backed enterprise to use the wisdom of retired statesman to try to solve global problems. One of their unsuccessful initiatives was to force Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwe dictator, to step down. Perhaps this is why Mugabe calls Archbishop Desmond Tutu ‘evil’.