At the ceremony in Cape Town he said this:
"The world was thrilled when freedom came to our land and we pray that SA will recover its own sense of worth of every single human being...Off-message forthrighteness is nothing new to the Archbishop. On 7 June 2011, Fiona Byrne, the Mayor of Marrickville, a suburb of Sydney in Australia, was presented with a letter of support from him.
We can't pretend we have remained at the same heights... Very simply, we are aware WE HAVE BECOME ONE OF THE MOST VIOLENT SOCIETIES. It's not what we were, EVEN UNDER APARTHEID."
In this he wrote:
“I want to pay my respects to you and your fellow councillors in Marrickville FOR TAKING A STAND TO ISOLATE THE ISRAELI STATE. We in South Africa, who both suffered apartheid and defeated it, have the moral right and responsibility to name and shame INSTITUTIONALIZED SEPARATION, EXCLUSION AND DOMINATION BY ONE ETHNIC GROUP OVER OTHERS…More here...
I HAVE SEEN HOW THE PALESTINIANS ARE OPPRESSED, DISPOSSESSED AND EXILED.”