President Ramaphosa drops in on Tutu with an apology and a promise
South Africa’s new president Cyril Ramaphosa has personally apologised to Archbishop Desmond Tutu for the governments past wrongs and promised he will work to put them right.
Veteran anti-apartheid campaigner Tutu said he had lost confidence in previous regimes and was a particularly vocal critic of the government under former president Jacob Zuma.
But in a significant move, President Ramaphosa, who has been in office for less than four months, “dropped in” on 86 year-old Tutu and his wife Leah at their home in Hermanus and pledged to ‘correct the wrongs”.
The President was accompanied by Messrs Ebrahim Rasool and Faiez Jacobs of the Western Cape ANC, and ANC National Executive Committee member, Mr Zizi Kodwa. Also present were the Tutu’s eldest daughter, Thandeka, and son-in-law Mthunzi Gxashe.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Tutu was said to be thrilled by the president’s visit.
*Cyril Ramaphosa was elected president in February taking over from Zuma who was forced to step down amid multiple allegations. Ramaphosa immediately pledged to take on corruption and is now seen by many as the steady hand that South Africa has so long needed.