Thursday, 9 October 2008

We still need to speak the truth to power says Tutu

While I'm in Cyprus Dr B is in South Africa at the World Association for Christian Communication's world congress on "Communication is peace".

You can read an ENI article about Desmond Tutu saying how much there is an ongoing need to speak the truth to power in today's South Africa.
This phrase in the article spoke to me deeply of the spirituality of resistance

Addressing the WACC meeting, Tutu said, "It is one of the most excruciating things to have to stand up against those with whom you were once in agreement about many things."

You can read the whole article here. It includes interesting comments by Helen Zille, the mayor of Cape Town including this:

Helen Zille, who also leads South Africa's official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, say that the Church and the media play an essential role in checking the misuse of power.
"The price of freedom is constant vigilance in all times and in all places," said Zille, a former political correspondent for South Africa's defunct Rand Daily Mail newspaper, who helped expose the torturing to death of the anti-apartheid Black activist Steve Biko in police custody.
Now, in the post-colonial and post-apartheid era, Africa needs "to move from liberation politics to constitutional politics", said the Cape Town mayor, who attends the Rondebosch United Church in the city, where she is a choir member.
"The liberation struggle was about seizing power," said Zille. "Constitutional democracy is about limiting power, and the checks and balances this entails." The Church and a free press, as well as independent courts, are "essential" to this task, she noted.