Tutu: Those involved in the struggle were not cowards

The Arch says youths who claim those involved in democracy negotiations sold out, must do their research.

FILE: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu says young South Africans who claim that those involved in the democracy negotiations and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission sold out, must go do their research.

Tutu was speaking in a special podcast series, which looks at reconciliation and commemorates South Africa's landmark Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

"I hope the young people will read history properly and realise that those who made accommodations with the Afrikaners were not cowards."

LISTEN: TRC Podcast Series: What is the state of reconciliation in South Africa?

He says those who were involved in the armed struggle weren't cowards.

"You can't be a coward when you were the commander in chief of Umkhonto we Sizwe or when you spend 27 years in jail."

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Leader Julius Malema has previously accused the African National Congress (ANC) of compromising the fundamental principles of the Freedom Charter.

Last year, Malema told the Oxford Union that Nelson Mandela turned his back on parts of the revolution after he was released from prison.

WATCH: Julius Malema's speech and Q&A at the Oxford Union

Click here to view History for the Future, a special feature to commemorate 20 years since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings.