JOHANNESBURG – Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has many accolades to his name, some more sentimental than others.
The Arch, as he is affectionately known, was this week awarded a service award from the University of the Western Cape for the 25 years he served as Chancellor at the institution.
Tutu recalled his days at the university.
“I would often be minding my own business in the office when Jakes would call and say the police are on campus. I would have to drive out to be with our university [students].”
He said the institution managed to rise above the constraints put on it during apartheid.
“We burst with pride when we saw and heard about all the extraordinary things that the university was doing. It was meant to be a third-rate institution but it refused to be defined by the oppressors and it became an incredible institution.”
Several other members of UWC’s alumni also received awards for outstanding service.