Johannesburg, 13 January, 2022 / 8:30 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Archbishop of South Africa’s Johannesburg Archdiocese has described the late Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu as a courageous leader who fought for the rights of the vulnerable in society.
In his Tuesday, January 11 interview with South Africa’s Radio Veritas, Archbishop Buti Joseph Tlhagale said that the late Archbishop emerged at a time when there was a huge political vacuum in the country.
“Desmond Tutu, during his time, was a very courageous leader, in fact he described himself as a leader by default,” Archbishop Tlhagale said, and explained, “It was a time when most political organizations were burned and political leaders thrown into prison.”
The Local Ordinary of Johannesburg Archdiocese who doubles as the Liaison Bishop for Migrants and Refugees of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) said that the late Anglican Prelate put on the mantle of “a political leader” and strongly fought against the apartheid regime.
“During his days as secretary general of the council of churches and from then onward, he put on the mantle of a political leader, very visible in the country opposing the apartheid regime,” the South African Catholic Archbishop said, and added, “He was different, and I have not been able to figure this out; he directly confronted the government.”