Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu Dies
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate and veteran of South Africa’s struggle against white minority rule, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, died on Sunday (Dec 26) at the age of 90, according to the president. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu dies.
Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his nonviolent resistance to apartheid. He saw the regime fall apart a decade later and oversaw a Truth and Reconciliation Commission tasked with uncovering atrocities perpetrated during those dark days.
Both black and white people saw the outspoken Tutu as the nation’s conscience, a lasting witness to his faith and spirit of reconciliation in a divided country.
Tutu was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the late 1990s, and he has been hospitalized multiple times in the last few years for infections related to his cancer treatment.
President Cyril Ramaphosa remarked, “The departure of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is another chapter of mourning in our nation’s farewell to a generation of remarkable South Africans who have handed us a liberated South Africa.”
“Desmond Tutu was an outstanding patriot.”
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The reason of death was not disclosed by the presidency.
Tutu preached against white minority oppression, and even after it ended, he continued to work for a more equal South Africa, holding the black political elite to account with the same zeal as the white Afrikaners.
In his later years, he expressed disappointment that his ideal of a “Rainbow Nation” had not materialized.
“At the age of 90, he died peacefully this morning at the Oasis Frail Care Centre in Cape Town,” said Dr. Ramphela Mamphele, interim chairperson of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu IP Trust and Co-ordinator of the Office of the Archbishop of Cape Town.
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