SA has lost self-worth - Tutu

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has urged South Africa to return to its values.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and his wife Nomalizo Leah Shenxane. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu on Thursday said South Africa has lost its sense of self-worth.

He was speaking after officially being awarded the Templeton Prize for his lifelong work in advancing spiritual principles.

A celebration is being held for him at St. George's Cathedral in Cape Town.

He said South Africa became the "flavour of the month" when apartheid was abolished in 1994, but things have changed.

"We can't pretend that we have remained the same."

When asked where exactly the country was failing, Tutu focused on violence and inequality.

"When you listen to the news, is there any day when they don't say someone has been murdered or raped?"

He said people need to show compassion and embrace the spirit of ubuntu.

Tutu also thanked former president Nelson Mandela and former his colleagues at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.