August 12, 2009

Tutu: Give Zuma a chance


by Benjamin Graham

Desmond Tutu, former Archbishop of Cape Town, urged South Africans to give president Jacob Zuma a chance to prove himself in office.

Tutu made the plea after an hour long meeting with the new president.

“The people of South Africa overwhelmingly supported a particular party [the African National Congress] in recent democratic elections,” Tutu said in a statement.

“This party and its president should be given the chance to prove their mettle in government.”

Before Zuma’s election, Tutu had expressed serious concerns about his suitability for the presidency.

Tutu had insisted that Zuma should stand trial for corruption charges to put an end to a “cloud” of suspicion.

Since their meeting, they seem to have set aside their differences.

The two leaders discussed the current issues facing South Africa, including recent violent protests and strikes caused by the country’s recessionl.

They agreed to “work together for the good of South Africa,” Zuma said after the meeting.

Tutu’s wife, Leah, expressed pride in her husband for ending his feud with Zuma.

“The family is very proud of him, he is very spiritual and humble,” Leah Tutu told the Sowetan newspaper.

“He bears no grudges, he can fight with a person today and tomorrow he will forgive them.”

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