Desmond Tutu was a soldier who fought for social justice, human rights – CSI-Africa

The African Regional Organization of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-Africa) described the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu as the death of a valiant soldier who fought tirelessly for social justice, human rights , freedom, peace and security for all.

In a statement made available to journalists in Abuja from its headquarters in Lomé, Togo, and signed by its secretary general, Kwasi Adu-Amankwah, ITUC-Africa said; “The death of Archbishop Tutu represents another loss in the passing of the generation of valiant soldiers who fought tirelessly for social justice, human rights, freedom, peace and security for all. Tutu has launched his rebuke of social injustice far beyond South Africa’s borders, often appeasing the blows with humor and warmth.

“During the darkest years of apartheid in South Africa, Tutu was the voice that courageously called on the evil regime. When most of the ANC leaders were in jail, it was left to Tutu and others to campaign for their release and an end to apartheid.

The statement below; “It was his ‘clear views and fearless stance’ that made him a ‘unifying symbol for all African freedom fighters.’ Icon of racial justice, Tutu was the first, after the defeat of apartheid, to call for reconciliation in the new democratic regime.

“He understood the symbolism, virtue and value of forgiveness for national regeneration and nation building. This understanding was built on the steadfast fact that eternal enmity has no place in a progressive society and that forgiveness should be a virtue that humanity should consciously and genuinely embrace and uphold.

“His life, his philosophies and his essences brilliantly radiate the meaning of altruism, courage and Ubuntu. As African workers, we have been and will continue to be inspired by these values, his struggles and his beautiful personality. We pledge to continue the fight for social justice so that the service and sacrifices of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his other fallen comrades and our ancestors are not in vain.

“We extend our condolences to Mam Leah Tutu, the Tutu family, the board and staff of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, the government, workers and people of South Africa, the group of elders and Nobel laureates and his friends, comrades and associates. nationally and globally.

“We thank him for bequeathing us the values ​​of Ubuntu, respect for human dignity, racial equality and unwavering commitment to social justice. We will cherish these values ​​forever. The Iroko tree has fallen, Africa’s moral voice is gone! Rest in Power Tata! “

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