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'I won't vote for ANC': South Africa's Tutu

Published on May 10, 2013 6:06 PM
 
The 2013 Templeton Prize Laureate, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is seen after the Templeton Prize ceremony in Cape Town, in this handout picture released by the John Templeton Foundation on April 11, 2013. Activist Tutu will not vote for South Africa's ruling African National Congress, which brought Mr Nelson Mandela to power exactly 19 years ago, the Nobel Peace laureate said in an article published on Friday. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP PHOTO /TEMPLETON PRIZE / ILAN GODFREY

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - Activist Desmond Tutu will not vote for South Africa's ruling African National Congress, which brought Mr Nelson Mandela to power exactly 19 years ago, the Nobel Peace laureate said in an article published on Friday.

Massive poverty, inequality and falling standards have cost the ANC the retired archbishop's support, he said in an opinion piece carried by the Mail & Guardian.

"I have over the years voted for the ANC, but I would very sadly not be able to vote for them after the way things have gone," the 81-year-old wrote.

"The ANC was very good at leading us in the struggle to be free from oppression," archbishop emeritus Tutu said of the party which won the first all-race elections.

 
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