Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize winner, icon of the fight against apartheid, is dead


South African Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, icon of the struggle against apartheid and Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1984, passed away on Sunday, December 26, at the age of 90, announced the South President. African, Cyril Ramaphosa.

The president expresses « In the name of all South Africans, his deep sadness following the death, this Sunday » of this essential figure in South African history, in a press release. « 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 of the whole world ”, added Mr Ramaphosa.

“The Arch”, as it was nicknamed by South Africans, had been weakened for several months. He no longer spoke in public but always greeted the cameras present at each of his travels, smiling or mischievous glance, during his vaccine against the Covid-19 in a hospital or during the office in Cape Town to celebrate his 90 years in October .

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The World with AFP

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