'Time to Stop the mayhem'

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu yesterday called on world leaders to cut enormous expenditure on destruction, saying no one was outside God's family, including US President George Bush and Osama bin Laden.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu yesterday called on world leaders to cut enormous expenditure on destruction, saying no one was outside God's family, including US President George Bush and Osama bin Laden.

He said "God wept" when he saw the enormous amounts of money being spent on weapons of death and mass destruction.

"He sees us spending awful amounts on weapons of death and destruction when not a cent is being spent on diseases that could so easily be overcome," Tutu said at the International Society of Paediatric Neurosurgery conference in Cape Town.

"Despite the obscene amounts spent on the fight on terror, the war will never be won while people remain desperate."

Tutu said that all belonged to one family and that people would "perish" if they did not learn to share.

"Black, white, yellow, red, Bush and bin Laden, so called gays and lesbians, no one is outside of God's family," Tutu said.

"Unless we share, we will perish together."

Tutu said the white Afrikaner doctors and students at Tygerberg Hospital, of which he and his wife were patrons, were an example of devotion to God.

He said Tygerberg, the training hospital for the University of Stellenbosch, was once an institution that epitomised Afrikaner nationalism and racism in South Africa.

Today, however, the hospital's white Afrikaner doctors and medical students were working with mostly black patients.

"The devotion of the doctors at Tygerberg Hospital is something to see. A lot of the students there are Afrikaners working with black patients.

"These doctors could go anywhere in the world, but they chose to stay.

"It almost makes tears roll down one's eyes," Tutu said. - Sapa

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