The South African president expressed « his deep sadness at the death ».
South African Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, icon of the fight against apartheid and Nobel Peace Prize winner, died Sunday at the age of 90, announced President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The president expresses « on behalf of all South Africans, his deep sadness following the death, this Sunday » of this essential figure in South African history, in a statement.
« A new chapter of mourning »
« The death of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is a new chapter of mourning in our nation’s farewell to a generation of exceptional South Africans who left us a liberated South Africa, » added the President.
« A man of extraordinary intelligence, upright and invincible against the forces of apartheid, he was also tender and vulnerable in his compassion for those who had suffered oppression, injustice and violence under the apartheid, and for the oppressed and for the oppressors around the world, ”added Cyril Ramaphosa.
The Arch, as it was nicknamed by South Africans, had been weakened for several months. He no longer spoke in public but still greeted the cameras present at each of his travels, smiling or mischievous glance, during his vaccine against the Covid in a hospital or during the office in Cape Town to celebrate his 90 years in October.