Archbishop Desmond Tutu dies at 90

Tutu was the last surviving South African laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

South Africa’s Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu has passed on at the age of 90, in Cape Town. Tutu was the last surviving South African laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize.

President Cyril Ramaphosa eulogized him as a man of extraordinary intellect, integrity and invincibility against the forces of apartheid.

President Ramaphosa also expressed his heartfelt condolences to Mam Leah Tutu, the Tutu family, the board and staff of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, the Elders and Nobel Laureate Group, and the friends, comrades and associates nationally and globally of the iconic spiritual leader and global human rights campaigner.

“The passing of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is another chapter of bereavement in our nation’s farewell to a generation of outstanding South Africans who have bequeathed us a liberated South Africa,” President Ramaphosa said.

Adding that; “Desmond Tutu was a patriot without equal; a leader of principle and pragmatism who gave meaning to the biblical insight that faith without works is dead.

“A man of extraordinary intellect, integrity and invincibility against the forces of apartheid, he was also tender and vulnerable in his compassion for those who had suffered oppression, injustice and violence under apartheid, and oppressed and downtrodden people around the world,”.

As Chairperson of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission he articulated the universal outrage at the ravages of apartheid and touchingly and profoundly demonstrated the depth of meaning of ubuntu, reconciliation and forgiveness.

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