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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Egypt to Desmond Tutu: "Thanks, but no thanks"

Egypt, caught in the grip of raging civil conflict that has already claimed nearly a thousand lives in just four days, yesterday shot down a suggestion that Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu intervene to stop the bloodshed, saying it doesn’t need South Africa’s “failed reconciliation process”.

The proposal from former Western Cape premier and now South Africa’s ambassador to the US, Ebrahim Rasool, got short shrift from the Egyptian foreign ministry, which expressed “surprise” at South Africa’s offer to “assist Egypt by sharing experiences and lessons from our own political transition, from apartheid rule to a democratic dispensation”.

...the Egyptian foreign ministry said it was surprised South Africa was “trying to export its failed reconciliation process that hasn’t achieved real co-existence”.

The statement accused South Africa of having some of the highest rates of crime, corruption, poverty, unemployment and poor health in the world.

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