ANC salutes Tutu on Nobel anniversary

The archbishop touched on the Marikana shooting and the Oscar Pistorius and Shrien Dewani cases.

FILE: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Picture: @KetyDC via twitter

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) on Friday saluted Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu as he marked the 30th anniversary of being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

The renowned anti-apartheid cleric didn't attend the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates being held in Italy.

The event was meant to have been staged in Cape Town but a debacle over a visa involving the Dalai Lama saw the event being cancelled.

ANC Spokesperson Zizi Kodwa says Tutu's contribution to human dignity and his stand against all forms of discrimination will never be forgotten.

He says South Africa is able to enjoy peace and stability because of Tutu's contribution to the fight against apartheid.

The archbishop in a statement bemoaned the state of South Africa, highlighting several incidents that have dominated the news recently.

Tutu lamented the Marikana shooting, which he said mirrored the worst of Apartheid police atrocities.

He also mentioned the Oscar Pistorius and Shrien Dewani trials.

Tutu says women and children seem constantly under threat from predator men.