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Desmond Tutu says govt has let TRC witnesses down with scandals like Nkandla

Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Chairperson Archbishop Desmond Tutu says that the current government has failed the people of South Africa.

Despite the dawn of democracy, Tutu believes that the state has let down the witnesses of the TRC.

He suggests that political debacles, such as President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla spending saga, have not brought the country forward since apartheid.

In fact, it's gotten worse, when you think of Nkandla... It is very difficult to understand how you could agree to have those millions spent on one establishment, when a similar investment would have given a number of people decent homes.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

In a series is called "History for the Future: What we can learn from the TRC', he compares the modest ways of former president Nelson Mandela to the lifestyle led by Zuma.

Tutu insists that Mandela would never have accepted the Nkandla homestead or other items for his personal gain.

To mark 20 years since the first TRC hearing, we have launched a podcast series to reflect on the past experiences of 13 TRC commissioners and how far the country has come.

Listen to experts from the podcast:

Visit the LIFE website for the full archive of the History for the Future podcast series.

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