...for Archbishop Desmond Tutu who is retiring at 79 because “the time has now come to slow down.” The South African cleric, often known as his country's “moral conscience”, has mixed religion and politics for many years. He used his position in the church to criticise the apartheid regime and after independence he took on the testing task of chairing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission which investigated human rights abuses. In Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela South Africa found the men it needed to survive apartheid and build the “rainbow nation” -- Tutu's phrase.


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