South African President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed « his deep sadness » after the death of this « unequaled patriot ». Emmanuel Macron praised his fight « for the end of apartheid and South African reconciliation ».
The reactions are multiplying in homage to the Anglican South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, icon of the fight against apartheid and Nobel Peace Prize winner, after the announcement of his death, this Sunday at the age of 90.
The Mandela Foundation called his loss « incommensurable»: «He was larger than life (…) He was an extraordinary human being. A thinker. A leader. A shepherd».
The « combat» de Desmond Tutu «for the end of apartheid and South African reconciliation will be remembered« , Greeted Sunday the French President Emmanuel Macron Mgr Tutu »devoted his life to human rights and the equality of peoples“, Recalls the Head of State in a tweet.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said to himself on Twitter « deeply saddened to learn of the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu». «He was a key figure in the struggle against apartheid and in the struggle for the creation of a new South Africa. He will be remembered for his spiritual leadership and irrepressible good humor.« , he added.
« Archbishop Tutu inspired a generation of African leaders »
In Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta estimated that “the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu is a blow not only for the Republic of South Africa, where he leaves behind him an immense imprint as a hero of the struggle against apartheid, but also for the whole African continent , where he is deeply respected and celebrated as a peacemaker. » «Archbishop Tutu inspired a generation of African leaders to embrace his non-violent approaches in the liberation struggle« , he said.
For Bobi Wine, leader of the Ugandan opposition “the news of the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu is very sad». «A giant has fallen. We thank God for his life – a full life, truly lived in the service of humanity.He wrote on Twitter.
Anglican spiritual leader and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said: “In Desmond Tutu’s eyes, we saw the love of Jesus. In his voice we heard the compassion of Jesus. In his laughter, we heard the joy of Jesus. It was beautiful and courageous. His greatest love is now realized as he meets his Lord face to face.»
« A life full of meaning »
The Dalai Lama greeted a « great man, who lived a meaningful life», «fully dedicated to the service of his brothers and sisters». «The friendship and spiritual bond between us was something we cherishedHe said of his old friend.
The group of « Sages« , Created in 2007 by Nelson Mandela and which brings together public figures working on major global issues paid tribute to the Archbishop, a »inspiration« For the world of which »commitment to peace, love and equality » continue to « to inspire future generations».
«The Sages have lost a dear friend, whose infectious laughter and mischievous sense of humor have delighted and charmed them all», Reacted in a statement the group which counts in its ranks Ban Ki Moon or Jimmy Carter, and of which Desmond Tutu was the first president.