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South Africa: Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a lifelong campaign against injustice

By Farai Shawn Matiashe
Posted on Monday, 27 December 2021 17:43

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Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu reacts during a church service at the St. George's Cathedral as he celebrates his 85th birthday in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, Oct. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

South Africans and those abroad are mourning the death of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu, who died at the age of 90 at the Oasis Frail Care Centre in Cape Town on Sunday 26 December. Archbishop Tutu, who has been described by many as a fearless activist, will be remembered for helping to end the apartheid crisis in South Africa and fighting injustice in the post-apartheid era even beyond the borders.

His death, which comes just after that of South Africa’s last apartheid-era president, FW de Klerk, who died in November this year, was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s office on Sunday morning.

Tutu, a South African laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, had been battling prostate cancer for a long time.