Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu died at the age of 90 on December 26, 2021 – Photo: REUTERS
“Archbishop Desmond Tutu dies in mourning for our country, as we bid farewell to a generation of outstanding South Africans who have left us a liberated South African country.” AFP news quoted South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on December 26.
Grandfather Ramaphosa said Archbishop Tutu was “an incomparable patriot, a man of extraordinary intellect, righteous and invincible in the face of apartheid (racist)”.
“Archbishop Tutu is also emotional and vulnerable, with compassion for those who have suffered oppression, injustice and violence under the apartheid regime, as well as those who have been oppressed. paintings around the world,” said President Cyril Ramaphosa.
A tireless activist, Archbishop Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his contributions to the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa.
Known for his outspokenness, even after the fall of apartheid in 1994, Archbishop Tutu never shied away from confronting flaws or injustices in South Africa’s society.
Archbishop Tutu was also the one who coined and popularized the term “Rainbow Nation” to describe South Africa, when Nelson Mandela became the country’s first black President.
Archbishop Tutu was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1997 and underwent several rounds of treatment.