The world suffered great loss over the weekend when South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu passed away at the age of 90. The anti-apartheid lawyer and frequent voice for justice have impacted many people he has met over the years, including the former Guns N ‘Roses drummer. Matt Sorum who shared his memories of meeting Tutu in 2014 while on a trip to South Africa with Kings of Chaos.
The all-star collective of Sorum, Steven Tyler, Billy Gibbons, Duff McKagan and Nuno Bettencourt traveled to South Africa for shows when they were invited to meet Desmond Tutu for tea, an experience Sorum did ‘will never forget.
“Very sad to learn of the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, I had the honor to meet him while touring South Africa with Kings of Chaos in 2014,” Sorum recalled. âI got a call from a friend asking if we would like to meet him for tea. Steven Tyler, Duff, Billy Gibbons and Nuno Bettencourt along with our wives walked to his office through the Cape Marina near the Nelson Mandela Gate. “
He continued, âWe were greeted by his lovely staff and Archbishop Tutu. We sat with him for about 1 hour as he filled us with positive and uplifting hope for the future of the Africa and the world. He was very intelligent with a gentle tone. It was a spiritual experience to be so close to a man who dedicated his life to helping the oppressed, especially during apartheid when he was a defining figure alongside Mandela. It was a day that I will never forget and so happy to have been able to be in the presence of such a great man. ” Sorum concluded his post with the hashtag #rip and a link to Tutu’s social media account.
In a statement confirming his death on Sunday, December 26, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed his condolences to Tutu’s family and friends, calling him “an unrivaled patriot”.
“A man of extraordinary intelligence, integrity and invincibility against the forces of apartheid, he was also tender and vulnerable in his compassion for those who had suffered oppression, injustice and violence. under apartheid, and oppressed and oppressed people around the world, âRamaphosa said. .
âArchbishop Tutu was steeped in the struggle for liberation and justice in his own country, but also concerned about injustice everywhere. He never lost his playful sense of humor and his desire to find humanity in his opponents, âsaid former President Barack Obama.
President Joe Biden also said in a joint statement with his wife Jill Biden: âHis courage and moral clarity have helped inspire our commitment to change US policy towards the repressive apartheid regime in South Africa. Its heritage transcends borders and will resonate through the ages.
Coming from the world of rock music, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello called Tutu “a powerful moral and political force who played a crucial role in the overthrow of the racist apartheid regime in South Africa”, while sharing his tribute on social networks.
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