I disagreed with him a number of times, firstly over his government's decision to continue to manufacture and trade in weapons and over Parliament's insensitive decision to grant itself big pay increases soon after coming to power. He attacked me publicly as a populist, but he never tried to shut me up, and we could laugh over our tiffs and remain friends.Read the tribute in its entirety.
The many tributes and eulogies thus far speak far more eloquently than I ever could about the great man. I especially admire and respect Archbishop Tutu's words on the life and achievements of Nelson Mandela. The two men knew one another well and participated simultaneously in the struggle for justice and equality in South Africa. That Mandela spent 27 years in prison and came to freedom without bitterness is a testimony to his great strength of character. Who better to speak the tribute than his friend Desmond Tutu?
May Nelson rest in peace and rise in glory.
Photos from Wikipedia here and here.