الثلاثاء , مايو 18 2021

Tutu out of hospital 'in days'

Desmond Tutu

Nelson Mandela appointed Archbishop Tutu to head the Truth and Reconciliation Commission after the end of apartheid

The family of South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu expects him to be home “in a day or two” after his admission to hospital in Cape Town on Tuesday, his daughter Reverend Mpho Tutu says.

Mr Tutu has been receiving treatment for “a persistent infection”, a statement on his official website says.

The 83-year-old Nobel peace laureate cancelled a planned trip to Rome in December following another infection.

Mr Tutu retired from public life in 2011 but continues to travel widely.

It is not known whether the admission is linked to Mr Tutu’s treatment for prostate cancer, which he has afflicted him for more than a decade.

His hospitalization comes a few days after he renewed his wedding vows to his wife Leah Tutu to mark their 60th wedding anniversary.

Desmond Tutu:


Desmond Tutu and his wife have four children and seven grandchildren together

  • Born 1931
  • 1970s: Became prominent as apartheid critic
  • 1984: Awarded Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1986: First black Archbishop of Cape Town
  • 1995: Appointed head of Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • Become a fierce critic of South Africa’s ANC
  • Supports assisted dying for the terminally ill

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