Today, 12 years ago, Tutu issues warning against BEE & Government policies

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Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, issued a stern warning against the Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) while delivering a speech at the second annual Nelson Mandela lecture in Johannesburg on 23 November 2004.

Tutu warned that the policy was only benefiting a small elite while South Africa was “sitting on a powder keg of poverty.”

He said a new click of privileged people, close to government officials, were empowered and enriched in the form of BEE.

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.

Source: South African History Online

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