Tutu: ‘I would’ve joined anti-corruption march’

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu back to hospital.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu back to hospital.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu says he would have joined today’s anti-corruption march had been fit enough.

“A society that assigns resources on the basis of peoples’ proximity to power is no less sinful to one that assigns resources on the basis of skin colour,” Tutu said.

“We live in a beautiful country richly endowed with natural resources, and each is entitled to a fair share. Nobody is more entitled than anyone else – nobody is more, or less, accountable,” he said.
Representatives of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation will be joining the march.
Marches have been planned for Pretoria and Cape Town.

It is not known how many people are expected to take part after Nedlac announced they will not
be able to ensure protection for workers in time for today’s one-day strike. However, organisers said on Monday a second march is being planned for October 14. Marchers are expected to hand over a memorandum of demands at the Union Buildings as well as at Parliament.

Tshwane metro police said no weapons will be allowed in the march. Speaking to The Citizen,
metro police spokesperson Isaac Mahamba said marchers covering their faces would also not be
allowed. “However, we are expecting a peaceful march,” said Mahamba.

He said the march, expected to start at 11am, will be divided into two groups. One group is scheduled to leave from the LC De Villiers sports ground, while the other will move from Burgers

The Right2Know campaign said it was disappointed that many workers will not be able to attend due to what it called the “cynical manipulation” of Nedlac processes by government and

“We look forward to marching with the workers on October 14, as the initial planning to march
against corruption was made by social movements and organised workers.”

Sonke Gender Justice and Equal Education said they would join the march. “For us, it is not an ideologically  or politically partisan event,” executive director of Sonke Gender Justice, Dean Peacock said.
“We join the march with millions of South Africans who are simply tired of sitting by and
watching the country’s resources being plundered.”
– stevent@citizen.co.za


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