LONDON – JANUARY 14: Former Archbishop of Cape Town, Desmond Tutu takes up his position as Visiting Professor in Post Conflict Societies at Kings College London, January 14, 2004 at the university’s campus in central London, England. Tutu’s role at King’s College London coincides with the 175th Anniversary of the College. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
*Originally Reported by Reuters
CAPE TOWN, Oct 7 (Reuters) – South Africa’s anti-apartheid hero Desmond Tutu could have chosen practically any car in the world when billionaire Warren Buffett offered to buy him a vehicle.
The Desmond Tutu Intellectual Property Trust, which manages his legacy, has put the old car on show along with his books and possessions in honour of Tutu’s 92nd birthday, which he would have celebrated on Saturday.
“We hope this lesson … by the Arch about us not being tempted by opulence, by being sensitive to the least amongst us is the takeaway people (who have) seen that car will make,” Trust chairperson Mamphela Ramphele told Reuters, referring to Tutu by his nickname.
The car, displayed in Cape Town, the city where the archbishop lived for most of his later life, became a symbol of Tutu’s values.
Widely revered across South Africa’s racial and cultural divides for his moral integrity, Tutu never stopped fighting for his vision of a “Rainbow Nation” in which all races in post-apartheid South Africa could live in harmony.
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Source: Black Enterprise