Tutu, Bradley and Caldicott Honored For Integrity
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Forty-five percent of South Africa’s blacks believe violence is the only way to end apartheid according to a new survey, Bishop Desmond Tutu said hours before accepting an international integrity award.
″When you think what happened to our people over 300 years, it’s remarkable″ that more don’t espouse violence, last year’s Nobel Peace prizewinner said Friday on the ″AM Los Angeles″ program on KABC-TV.
″Remember, you in the United States didn’t get your independence by holding out your hands and saying, ‘Hello, can we get it?’ You fought for it.″
South Africa’s racial segregation system called apartheid is by nature, violent, said Tutu, Anglican bishop of Johannesburg.
It ″separates a man from his wife and children for seven months of the year when he has to live in a single-sex hostel″ near where he works, but far from tribal ″homelands″ where the families are supposed to remain, he said.
Trade embargoes and moves by Americans and Europeans to sell off investments in South Africa due to opposition to its apartheid policy have put South Africa ″on the verge of an economic catastrophe,″ he said. The actions have forced South African businesses to push the government to give more rights to blacks, he said.
Tutu, who has fought to change his country’s race laws peacefully, was in Los Angeles to accept a $10,000 integrity award from the John-Roger Foundation. Other recipients were Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley and Dr. Helen Caldicott of Physicians for Social Responsiblility.
The trio received their awards at a dinner attended by 700 people Friday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. John-Roger, the teacher and author who created the non-profit philanthropic foundation, attended the dinner and spoke briefly on the need for personal integrity in the world.
Bradley said his award would go to a drug clinic and a Skid Row emergency center. Ms. Caldicott’s was to go to a group that advocates nuclear disarmament. Tutu planned to donate his money to two South African organizations that oppose apartheid, said foundation spokeswoman Connie Heitzman.