South Africa and the Legacy of Trevor Huddleston
The Church is facing the challenge of the extent which it must meet now and which it cannot meet effectively with official pronouncements alone.
-- Father Trevor Huddleston, 1956
The extraordinary role that Desmond Mpilo Tutu played in the transformation of South Africa is part of a legacy left behind by Bishop E. Trevor Huddleston, an unusual and highly dedicated Anglican priest whose views and role in South Africa were similar to those of Mother Teresa of the Missionary Charities in Calcutta, India, where she dedicated her entire life to serving the poor. Huddleston arrived in South Africa in 1943 at a time when South Africa was going through a period of critical developments that were destined to alter its course for the next 50 years.
On March 26, 1943, Die Burger, an Afrikaans newspaper, suggested for the first time that the government of South Africa must develop a racial policy known as apartheid to keep the races apart.1 On January 25, 1944, Daniel F. Malan, a member of the Nationalist Party, explained that the purpose of the new policy was to ensure the safety of the white race and of Christian civilization by the honest maintenance of the principles of apartheid and guardianship.2