Desmond Tutu 'glad' Nelson Mandela not alive to see South Africa now

Former Archbishop Desmond Tutu decries state of South Africa 20 years after end of apartheid.
By Danielle Haynes Follow @DanielleHaynes1 Contact the Author   |   April 27, 2014 at 10:39 AM
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PRETORIA, South Africa, April 27 (UPI) -- On the 20th anniversary of the end of apartheid, Archbishop Desmond Tutu said he's glad former leader Nelson Mandela is dead so he can't see what's become of South Africa.

Mandela, affectionately known as Madiba by South Africans, died in December after a long illness.

He was imprisoned for 28 years for supporting the end of apartheid -- or racial segregation -- in South Africa, and was released in 1990.

Tutu was a close friend of Mandela's while he was in prison.

“I didn't think there would be a disillusionment so soon,” Tutu said of South Africa since the end of apartheid. “I'm glad that Madiba is dead. I'm glad that most of these people are no longer alive to see this."

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