South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize for fighting apartheid in South Africa, has died at the age of 90, President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed on Sunday.
The death of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is another sad chapter in the farewell of our nation to a generation of South Africans who liberated South Africa, “said Ramaphosa.
“Desmond Tutu is an unequal patriot; A policy and practice leader who gave meaning to the biblical understanding that faith without works is dead, “the president continued.
Racism was a separatist regime that operated in South Africa from 1948 to 1991, segregating black people from whites and dominating the latter part of the political and economic power in the country.
July 1988 – Archbishop Desmond Tutu addresses a rally in London’s Hyde Park demanding the release of Mandela. The event took place on the 17th, marking the 70th birthday of the then imprisoned leader – Photo: Anna Tully / AFP / Archivo
The archbishop, a human rights activist, spoke on Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories, LGBTQIA + population rights, climate change and other global issues.
Tutu leaves behind his wife Nomaliso Lea and four children.
Desmond Tutu on his 85th birthday – Photo: Rodger Bosch / AFP
In 1984, Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent opposition to apartheid. A decade later, he saw the end of the regime and was the head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission created to expose the atrocities of those dark days.
Tutu led several marches and campaigns to end apartheid on the entrance steps of St. George’s Cathedral. As a result it became known as the “People’s Cathedral”. And a powerful symbol of local democracy.
He was friends The whole life of Nelson Mandela, And lived for a while on the same street in the Soweto municipality of South Africa – the only street in the world where the two Nobel Peace Prize winners stay.
“His hallmark is his willingness to accept unpopular positions without fear,” Mandela once said of him. “Such mental freedom is essential for a developed democracy.”
Tutu’s death comes just weeks after the death of South Africa’s last apartheid president. FW de ClarkDied at the age of 85.
Tutu is “an iconic spiritual leader, anti-apartheid activist and global human rights activist,” said President Ramaphosa.
Appointed a priest in 1960, he served as Bishop of Lesotho, Assistant Bishop of Johannesburg, and Rector of a parish in Soweto from 1976-78.
South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu dances after the 2013 Templeton Prize – Photo: Ilan Godfrey / Templeton Prize / Reuters
Retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama laugh at a sober moment during a conversation at a Tibetan children’s village school in Dharamsala, India in 2015. The two Nobel laureates co-authored a book – Photo: Ashwini Patia / AP
In 1985, he became bishop of Johannesburg and was named the first black archbishop of Cape Town.
Tutu used his appropriate role as a priest to speak out against black oppression and to always speak on religious grounds rather than political motives.
He is also credited with coining the term “rainbow nation” to describe the country’s ethnic composition, but lamented that in his later years the nation did not unite in the way he had dreamed.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu kisses Archie at a meeting in Cape Town, South Africa this Wednesday (25) – Photo: Toby Melville / Reuters
Desmond Tutu speaks at the opening of an exhibition on Mandela in Cape Town, South Africa on June 30, 2013 – Photo: AFP
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