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Desmond Tutu in hospital for two weeks

  • 20 August 2015
  • From the section Africa
Desmond Tutu
Nelson Mandela appointed Archbishop Tutu to head the Truth and Reconciliation Commission after the end of apartheid

South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu is to spend the next two weeks in hospital, according to a family statement.

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The Desmond and Leah Tutu Foundation said he was on a new course of antibiotics to treat an inflammation.

The 83-year-old Nobel peace laureate “is in good spirits and not in any pain,” the family said.

The first black archbishop of Cape Town played a vocal role opposing white-minority rule in South Africa.

This is his third stay in hospital in recent weeks.

He was previously treated for an infection resulting from his prostate cancer treatment.

Details of his current condition have not been released.

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

The archbishop deeply appreciate the prayers and good wishes of so many, said his daughter, Reverend Mpho Tutu.

“While my father was very grateful to the media for its concern, he had humbly requested journalists not to anticipate daily updates on his condition so that he could rest peacefully while receiving treatment,” his daughter added.

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
  • Became a fierce critic of South Africa’s ANC
  • Supports assisted dying for the terminally ill

Profile: Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Tutu in his own words

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