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C.Africa on the 'brink of genocide', warns Tutu

Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu warned Sunday that the Central African Republic was "on the brink of genocide", as he urged warring sides to reconcile their differences and "re-learn to live together". "Over the past 13 months, the nation's seemingly incessant struggles for political power and resources have degenerated into anarchy, hatred and ethnic cleansing -- the country stands on the brink of genocide; some would say it has already commenced," Archbishop Emeritus Tutu said in a statement released by his peace foundation.

Tutu condemns Cape Town gang violence against children

Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu said on Tuesday the high number of children falling victim to gang violence and sexual abuse in South Africa's Western Cape province was "a severe indictment" on the country. The scourge of deadly gang violence has long plagued the impoverished urban areas outside Cape Town, known as the Cape Flats, regularly disrupting schooling.

Desmond Tutu warns of 'Nazi' parallel to Uganda anti-gay law

South African peace icon Desmond Tutu warned Sunday that Uganda's controversial anti-gay law recalled sinister attempts by the Nazi and apartheid regimes to "legislate against love". The Anglican cleric said he was "very disheartened" to learn that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni intended to sign a bill that will see homosexuals jailed for life, urging him instead to clamp down on rape, child abuse and the sex trade.

Afrikaner exclusion would have 'appalled' Mandela

Nelson Mandela would have been appalled at South Africa's Afrikaner community's exclusion from his funeral, Desmond Tutu has charged, also questioning the leading role handed to the ruling ANC. Tutu said Mandela had been given "the send-off he deserved" but apologised for the failure to match the icon's renowned openness by not including the country's main white Afrikaans church. "Madiba would have been appalled, for he was quite determined to be inclusive," said Tutu, referring to Mandela's clan name, in a statement late Monday.

Tutu 'not invited' to Mandela burial

South African peace icon Desmond Tutu, openly critical of the government and members of Nelson Mandela's family, said Saturday he was not invited to his old friend's burial. "Much as I would have loved to attend the service to say a final farewell to someone I loved and treasured, it would have been disrespectful to Tata to gatecrash what was billed as a private family funeral," Tutu said in a statement. "Had I or my office been informed that I would be welcome, there is no way on earth that I would have missed it."

Tutu 'not invited' to Mandela burial

South African peace icon Desmond Tutu, openly critical of the government and members of Nelson Mandela's family, said Saturday he was not invited to his old friend's burial. "Much as I would have loved to attend the service to say a final farewell to someone I loved and treasured, it would have been disrespectful to Tata to gatecrash what was billed as a private family funeral," Tutu said in a statement. "Had I or my office been informed that I would be welcome, there is no way on earth that I would have missed it."

Tutu 'not invited' to Mandela burial

South African peace icon Desmond Tutu said Saturday he was not invited to the burial of his friend Nelson Mandela, amid allegations he was snubbed for political reasons. "Much as I would have loved to attend the service to say a final farewell to someone I loved and treasured, it would have been disrespectful to Tata to gatecrash what was billed as a private family funeral," Tutu said in a statement. "Had I or my office been informed that I would be welcome, there is no way on earth that I would have missed it."

Tutu going to Mandela's funeral after spat over invitation

By Wendell Roelf CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu will attend the funeral on Sunday of his friend and fellow anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela, his spokesman said on Saturday, signaling a change of heart after a dispute over his invitation. Tutu, like Mandela a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, had earlier said he would not be going to the burial service in Qunu in Eastern Cape province because he had not received a formal invitation or any indication that he was on the guest list.

Tutu to miss Mandela burial

South African peace icon Desmond Tutu is to miss the burial of his friend Nelson Mandela, the archbishop's office said Saturday, amid allegations he was not invited for political reasons. "The archbishop is not an accredited clergyperson for the event and will thus not be attending," the Nobel Laureate's daughter Mpho Tutu told AFP. Tutu's aide Roger Friedman refused to comment on media suggestions that Tutu was excluded because of criticism of the ruling ANC, saying only that "he is presently not planning to attend."

Tutu to miss Mandela burial

South African peace icon Desmond Tutu is to miss the burial of his friend Nelson Mandela, the archbishop's office said Saturday, amid allegations he was not invited for political reasons. "The archbishop is not an accredited clergyperson for the event and will thus not be attending," the Nobel laureate's daughter Mpho Tutu told AFP. Tutu's aide Roger Friedman refused to comment on media suggestions that Tutu was excluded because of criticism of the ruling ANC, saying only that "he is presently not planning to attend."
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