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Jubilant Desmond Tutu votes in his sixth post Apartheid free democratic election

By: stagedoorscribbler - May 13, 2019

Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Photograph by Hattie Miles

A quarter of a century on from the triumph of the first free Post Apartheid elections in South Africa, Archbishop Desmond Tutu was all smiles as he voted in country’s sixth democratic election last week 

There was a sense that for the veteran Nobel Prize winning fighter for social justice that this 25th anniversary vote was final recognition that his one-time dream really had come true.

Tutu, 87, and his wife Leah were among more than three-quarters-of-a-million people who voted.

Frail but determined, Tutu, who has battled with health problems, had planned to cast his vote at a polling station at ta High School near the retirement home where he now lives.

In fact Electoral Commission officials had a surprise for him they effectively took the ballot box to him, allowing him to vote privately at his home.

After casting his precious vote a jubilant Desmond Tutu walked down his driveway with the Electoral Commission delegation and greeted journalists gathering outside his home.