Defacing of Tutu mural a reminder that curse of racism still exists in SA: Ramphele

'For this hatred to be repeated, decades later, on a mural of the archbishop in central Cape Town, casts a slur on our democracy.'

2021-09-26 04:51:00 PM

'For this hatred to be repeated, decades later, on a mural of the archbishop in central Cape Town, casts a slur on our democracy.'

'For this hatred to be repeated, decades later, on a mural of the archbishop in central Cape Town, casts a slur on our democracy.'

26 September 2021 - 14:34Archbishop Desmond Tutu's mural which in the Cape Town CBD has been defaced with a racial slur. File photo.Image:Sunday Times/Raymond PrestonA racist slur scribbled on a landmark mural of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu in Cape Town is a sign that SA still has a long way to go towards restoring humanity.

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Dr Mamphele Ramphele, acting chairperson of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Trust, said this on Sunday in reaction to the words “Ek is ‘n k****r” scrawled on the mural.The words, in red, were scribbled over Tutu’s glasses.Racism is a curse SA must escape. We have enough problems on our plate,

Dr Mamphele Ramphele “For this hatred to be repeated, decades later, by someone scrawling, ‘Ek is 'n k****r’, on a mural of the archbishop in central Cape Town, casts a slur on our democracy. It speaks to the work still ahead to complete the journey, his journey, to restore our humanity,” said Ramphele. headtopics.com

She said sadly, Tutu was no stranger to such abuse.“In the 1980s at the height of the anti-apartheid struggle Tutu was regularly threatened by hatemongers, including the security police. His family received horrible phone calls, he was the target of graffiti — and in one unsavoury incident, in 1989, a baboon foetus was hung outside their home in an attempt, police later said, to bewitch him,” said Ramphele.

“Despite the archbishop’s consistent advocacy for nonracialism, justice, compassion and love, because of the prominence of his position in the church and the struggle, he was widely reviled in white society. If looks could kill he would have been dead many times over, he has often said,” she added.

Ramphele said this incident came at a time when the nation should be preparing to celebrate Tutu, who turns 90 on October 7. Read more: Times LIVE »

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Now this is funny... This iz the guy who rushed to spread forgiveness during TRC instand of justice... Forcing our parents and grandparents to forgive racist white supremacy who ddnt c anything wrong killing kids and women burying them in unknown graves... Let him eat the cake But he loves white people though 🥺 and so much pro white. Why are they doing this to one of their own 💔

Really? U think racism disappeared 😂😂 Anyone living in Cape Town isn’t surprised by this One thing that is consistent in South Africa 🇿🇦 is racism 😠😠

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