Tutu: Don't let SA go to the dogs

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called on citizens not to let South Africa perish.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu says while he will continue to sing the praises of South Africa, he also often weeps at the state of the country.

The Archbishop attended the launch of Alex Boraine's latest book What's Gone Wrong? - On the Brink of a Failed State on Tuesday.

Despite efforts by Boraine to engage Tutu on the scourge of corruption within government and the ruling party, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate remained optimistic about South Africa's future.

Tutu did, however, use the platform to call on citizens not to let the country perish.

"It's up to us not to allow our country go to the dogs, it is up to us."

Boraine served as the renowned cleric's deputy on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

The two worked side by side at the TRC and used the evening to speak of its work.

The Archbishop praised Boraine for his work and led the audience in a standing ovation for the former Member of Parliament.


The Archbishop also added his voice to the growing chorus of criticism over the quality of the matric certificate.

He spoke out against the state of the country's education and about his unhappiness with the quality of the matric certificate.

Grade 12 pupils only need 30 percent in some of their subjects to pass.

"It's up to us to say it is total nonsense to say children who get 30 percent have passed. It's an insult to us and those children. When many of them are given opportunities, they soar."

A ministerial task team is currently investigating the quality of the National Senior Certificate.