The last surviving South African Nobel Peace prize laureate who helped end apartheid in South Africa, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, has died aged 90.

A statement from South Africa’s Presidency on Sunday, December 26, confirmed the unfortunate news.

According to the statement, President Cyril Ramaphosa “expresses, on behalf of all South Africans, his profound sadness at the passing today, Sunday December 26, of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu”.

“Desmond Tutu was a patriot without equal; a leader of principle and pragmatism who gave meaning to the biblical insight that faith without works is dead.”

“A man of extraordinary intellect, integrity and invincibility against the forces of apartheid, he was also tender and vulnerable in his compassion for those who had suffered oppression, injustice and violence under apartheid, and oppressed and downtrodden people around the world,” the statement from the Presidency noted.

About Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu was a South African Anglican bishop and theologian, known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist.

He was the Bishop of Johannesburg from 1985 to 1986 and then the Archbishop of Cape Town from 1986 to 1996, in both cases being the first black African to hold the position.

Theologically, he sought to fuse ideas from black theology with African theology.



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