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Kasparov addresses Discovery summit

Political activist Garry Kasparov has called on South Africa to invest more in education.

Discovery Invest Leadership Summit at Sandton Convention Centre. Picture: Alex Eliseev/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Russian chess champion and political activist Garry Kasparov on Thursday called on South Africa to invest more in education and not to shy away from trying new approaches.

Kasparov will be speaking at the Discovery Invest Leadership Summit in Sandton later.

Kasparov opened his presentation by recounting his recent at a demonstration held outside a Russian court.

When his PowerPoint presentation faulted he joked that computers have always hated him, referring to chess games against the deep blue computer.

But he also had a serious message saying education is the only investment that guarantees results.

Kasparov said education is very important to leave as is and new ideas are needed.

Earlier, Discovery's agent Adrian Gore said South Africa needs strong leadership in all spheres of society.

There was controversy when Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu pulled out on Tuesday, refusing to share a stage with former British prime minister Tony Blair who will be speaking later.

Tutu slammed Blair for his involvement in the Iraq invasion.

Meanwhile, some local organisations have been seeking Blair's warrant of arrest as they believe he should answer for crimes against humanity.