Desmond Tutu Walks on Water

Desmond Tutu can’t do much wrong. He’s up there with Nelson Mandela. (The latter complimented Tutu recently as “the voice of the voiceless”). Tutu restores our fight in decency and what’s right when on countless accusations he calls South Africa’s ruling class into line (like he did its previous white rulers), sticks up for gays and lesbians, celebrates when we need to, and takes on intransigent regimes or the American behemoth. We’ll also cut Tutu slack for the empty justice of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (that’s some expensive slack, I know) which defines his early 1990s legacy,  the stale jokes he tells on the US lecture circuit or, in this case, for fraternizing with Richard Branson, who’s a better publicist than he is a businessman. But this clip below of the Archbishop swimming–from Sundance Channel’s “Iconoclasts” series where two famous people hang around and chat–is worth it for seeing Tutu in his swimming trunks (he learns how to swim) and Branson helping Tutu with his slippers.


Sean Jacobs

Sean Jacobs is the Founder and Editor of Africa is a Country. He is on faculty of The New School in New York.

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