The leader of the South African Council of Churches (SACC) Bishop Desmond Tutu has condemned the bomb in Durban on April 3 which killed three people and injured sixteen.
CU INTERIOR Bishop Tutu answering reporter's questions (SOT) (3 shots)
REPORTER: "Bishop, what is your response to the Durban bomb yesterday?"
TUTU: "It is that we are outraged and deeply distressed by what has happened. We wish to reiterate the position of the South African Council of Churches, that is, we are opposed to all forms of violence and we condemn this bomb outrage -- and can't condemn it strongly enough. But we say we are opposed to that kind of violence but also the structure of violence which uproots stable communities such as that of the people of Magopa. And we wish to call on the authorities, please, for goodness' sake, let us sit down with the authentic leaders of all sections of our community to resolve the crisis of this country. I'm scared about that we will see the escalation and that we will never have a real peace and security in this country until apartheid is dismantled, because, for me the primary violence of the violent situation in South Africa is the violence of apartheid, the violence of forcing the population to move, of migrated labour and so forth so on."
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Background: The leader of the South African Council of Churches (SACC) Bishop Desmond Tutu has condemned the bomb in Durban on April 3 which killed three people and injured sixteen. South African authorities have blamed the African National Congress for the explosion, although no-one has, as yet, claimed responsibility. The Bishop, who is one of the fiercest critics of the country's apartheid policies had just returned from a European tour when he spoke exclusively to Visnews. He said the violence was a manifestation of the violence perpetrated by the apartheid policies, and referred specifically to the people of Magopa. The inhabitants of this small village were recently force to move when their land was designated as a "whites-only" area.