Nobel laurate Desmond Tutu dies...

Nobel laurate Desmond Tutu dies

 International Desk

 Published: 03:10 PM, 26 December 2021  

Photo: Desmond Tutu

Photo: Desmond Tutu

South African human rights activist and anti-apartheid icon Desmond Mpilo Tutu had died at the age of 90.

Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate,  was an Anglican bishop and theologian. He was a renouned veteran of South Africa’s struggle against white minority rule.

He was the first black African Bishop of Johannesburg from 1985 to 1986 and then the first Archbishop of Cape Town from 1986 to 1996.

Tutu was a friend of Nelson Mandela and struggled together over the racism and apartheid and became the sign of moral conscience and the great reconciler of South Africa. He  won the Nobel Peace prizze in 1984 for his non-violent opposition to apartheid.

President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, cast his lamentation over the death of Desmond Tutu. He said, '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.'

Tutu was diagnosed to be suffering from prostate cancer sonce the late 90's and was hospitalized several times in recent years. The cause of his death was not declared by SA government.