Tutu issues warning against BEE and Government policies

Tuesday, 23 November 2004

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, delivering the second annual Nelson Mandela lecture in Johannesburg, issues a stern warning that Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) was benefiting only a small elite while South Africa was sitting on a powder keg of poverty. A new click of privileged people, close to government officials, were empowered and enriched in the form of BEE. He has also spoken out strongly against those who failed to openly debate and challenge President Thabo Mbeki's controversial views on HIV and Aids, arguing that South Africa was a democracy and not a dictatorship. Tutu also warned against government policies which moved away from the Freedom Charter, which stated that the people shall share. He further criticised the policy of quiet diplomacy, taken by the South African president in dealing with the issues that were unfolding in Zimbabwe, as a cowardly stance against issues of human rights.

References:
• iol,'Tutu issues warning against BEE and Government policies', [Online] Available at:www.iol.co.za, Accessed on: [18 October 2013]
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Last updated : 18-Oct-2013

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