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Desmond Tutu warns of “powder keg” in South Africa

Posted by uscsjp on October 7, 2006

Archbishop Tutu at the Homeless World Cup, Cape Town, 29/9/2006

Archbishop Tutu has been feted for weeks leading to his 75th birthday

Nobel peace prize winner Desmond Tutu has warned that South African poverty could lead to social unrest. In a BBC interview to mark his 75th birthday, the former Archbishop of Cape Town said those who had not benefited from the end of apartheid would demand their share of the “freedom dividend”.

Archbishop Tutu played a prominent role in the campaign to end apartheid.

In the past several weeks he has given a series of warnings about the dangers South Africa faces. . .

And Mr Tutu told one audience the country was “sitting on a powder keg” because the gap between rich and poor is widening and some of the very rich are now black.

“We need to be very careful that the poor don’t begin to say ‘where is the freedom dividend?'” he said.

“I am very surprised that it has taken them so long to vent their anger and their impatience.”

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