Beast remembers his friend ‘Arch’

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One of the more moving tributes paid to the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu on social media on Sunday came from former Springbok prop Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira.

The front-row has previously recounted how Archbishop Tutu had provided spiritual support while his application for South African residency was making its way through the South African administrative system.

“He (Archbishop Tutu) said: ‘I love what you do for South Africa. Every time you get the ball the crowd shouts, “Beeaaassst!” and I think it’s fantastic. You’re a great ambassador and a role model, you represent us and this whole thing that’s happened to you is unfair and unjust’,” wrote Mtawarira in his autobiography.

“The Arch knew I was a man of God and said: ‘Don’t worry, I’m going to sort this out for you. Keep on training and playing well and leave it to me; I will resolve this. You will get your citizenship and you’ll be able to play for the Springboks’.”

After hearing of Archbishop Tutu’s passing, Beast took to twitter to express his grief, posting: “Rest well Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Thank you for being the epitome of what humanity should stand for. The Arch played a big part in making my re-involvement with the @Springboks possible and for that I’ll forever be grateful. Lala Ngoxolo [rest in peace]!”

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