Domenica, 07 Febbraio 2016 20:11 | Tutu defends reconciliation process

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Johannesburg - Retired archbishop Desmond Tutu hasdefended the reconciliation policy that ended white minority rule in SouthAfrica, saying the country has social and economic problems largely because oflater mismanagement.

Some have described

what they callentrenched racism in recent social media posts, and there have been growingallegations that the reconciliation process after the 1994 end of apartheid wastoo lenient toward the former white rulers.

As part of that process, Tutu chaired the Truth andReconciliation Commission that investigated past atrocities and granted amnestyto some accused perpetrators. Today, some South Africans believe more formerwhite officials should have been prosecuted.

"The country is not in socio-economic troublebecause its leaders led it down reconciliation road," said Tutu, who haspreviously criticised the government.

While the problems are partly due to challenging globalconditions, he said, "they are largely due to poor mismanagement”.

Even former president Nelson Mandela, is being derided bysome for "'selling out' in favour of white capital”, Tutu said in astatement.

Mandela, who died in 2013 at age 95, was widely creditedwith helping to avert a wider racial conflict by reconciling with apartheidleaders and creating a multi-racial democracy.

However, some say he should have done more to wrestcontrol of the economy from whites and share it among the black majority.

Last week, activists filed a legal complaint against the formerpresident, FW de Klerk, saying he should be prosecuted for killings by securityforces during apartheid.

Mandela and de Klerk were awarded the Nobel Peace Prizein 1993 for reconciliation efforts. Tutu was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1984for campaigning against apartheid.

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