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article imageDesmond Tutu: I will NOT vote ANC!

By Matthew Hendricks     Apr 24, 2014 in Politics
Desmond Tutu has confirmed that he will not be voting for the ANC in the upcoming elections, and has subtly called on South Africans to do the same by advising them to think and pray before they vote, and not to just vote "like cattle".
“Think carefully before you make your cross. Don’t vote mindlessly, don’t vote (like) cattle. Pray deeply before you go to the voting station and ask God to direct you in the right way. That cross you make will determine life for the next five years," said Desmond Tutu at a media briefing at St George’s Cathedral, according to
Although he will vote in the upcoming elections, it will not be for the ANC, for people do not matter to the ANC, according to Tutu. One of his grudges against the ANC is that they did not implement a "wealth tax" as recommended by the "Truth and Reconcilliation Commission" to "benefit people who suffered under apartheid". reports that at times, Tutu did speak highly of the ANC's achievements, but sharply criticised its failures.
"We dreamt about a society that would be compassionate, a society that really made people feel they mattered. You can't do that in a society where you have people who go to bed hungry, where many of our children still attend classes under trees."
Just because people had sung certain "struggle" songs did not mean they should automatically vote for a particular party, said Tutu according to, suggesting that people who previously voted for the ANC should think before doing so again. reports that Desmond Tutu confirmed that he still holds the view that one day, people will pray for the downfall of the ANC. He first expressed this view in 2011 when the ANC government failed to grant the Dalai Lama a visa to visit South Africa.
“Ons moet die waarheid praat (We must speak the truth),” said Tutu. “We have to say there are things the world would not have thought our people would do.”
As one of these, he mentioned Zuma's Nkandlagate scandal, and said he did not understand how it was possible that people got away “with so much that is blatant”.
With reference to the new Italian prime minister, Matteo Renzi, who had limited the number of chauffeured cars for his cabinet ministers, he said:
“When are we ever going to get there? Here even communists drive expensive cars!”
Another grudge Desmond Tutu holds against the ANC, is having been excluded from speaking at Nelson Mandela's funeral. Tutu said the ANC "shot themselves in the foot in snubbing me."
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