analysisBy Marianne Thamm
From Vorster to Botha, from Mbeki to Zuma, past and present South African leaders have all had to deal with the blowtorch criticism of Nobel Peace Prize winner and global icon Desmond Tutu. Tutu has been at the frontline of truth, peace and justice in this country for almost four decades. The South African premiere of the first-ever documentary on his life and contribution to democracy will be screened on Sunday, 7 September at Artscape in Cape Town.
The death of Nelson Mandela in December last year left many with the feeling that the moral compass he embodied was lost or buried along with his earthly remains. Somehow the noise, the rallies and the rhetoric that followed immediately after his death and in the ensuing national election in May only served to highlight the perception that there are few authoritative and independent public voices of reason left. The ongoing turbulence and disruption that has become a daily feature of the political landscape has further entrenched this notion.
But there were times during our recent history when the political thunder was far more deadly and ruthless than the present rumbling. In the face of forced removals, mass arrests,...