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President Ramaphosa to deliver 8th annual Desmond Tutu Peace Lecture

By: stagedoorscribbler - August 20, 2018

Desmond Tutu. Photo by Hattie Miles

The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation is thrilled to announce that President Cyril Ramaphosa has agreed to deliver the eighth annual Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture in Cape Town, in October.

 In his letter of invitation to President Ramaphosa, Archbishop Emeritus Tutu asked the President to reflect in his lecture on the course of South Africa’s restorative justice project 20 years after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

 Since its inauguration in 2011 by His Holiness The Dalai Lama, who had to be connected to Cape Town by satellite from India, the International Peace Lecture has become a flagship event on the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation’s annual calendar. The illustrious list of speakers who have subsequently graced the podium comprises Ms Graça Machel, Ms Thuli Madonsela, Ms Mary Robinson, the late Mr Kofi Annan, Advocate Hila Jilani and Advocate Vasu Gounden.

 “The idea behind the annual lecture is to provide an influential southern hemisphere platform that contributes to international discourses about peace, human rights and justice in an increasingly globalised world,” said Ms Razaan Bailey, Programme Manager of the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation.

 “South Africa’s negotiated settlement and approach to post-apartheid justice were internationally regarded as a beacon of hope. To have a leader of the negotiations process, who is now our President, reflect on the nation’s journey to date is a rare opportunity to collectively consider our progress, our successes and shortcomings, and the lessons we have learned along the way,” Ms Bailey said.

 The eighth annual Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture takes place at Artscape on 8 October, the day after Archbishop Tutu’s 87th birthday.

 The event will be open to the public, but only to those who have registered and received tickets in advance. The ticketing process will be advertised in the first week of September. If the event is over-subscribed tickets will be issued by a lottery system.