Anti-apartheid leader & hero Desmond Tutu dies at age 90

Anti-apartheid leader & hero Desmond Tutu dies

Nobel Peace Prize winner, Activist and Anglican archbishop, Archbishop Desmond Tutu who helped bring South Africa’s apartheid regime to an end, has died at the age of 90.

Anti-apartheid leader & hero Desmond Tutu dies at age 90.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s death was announced and confirmed by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday.

He made this known to the public when expressing his condolences to Desmond Tutu’s family, friends and fans.

South Africa President Ramaphosa, in his delivery, described The hero Tutu as “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,”

This sad news on Tutu’s demise follows the death of FW de Klerk, South Africa’s final apartheid-era president, few weeks ago, at age 85.

Background

Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Archbishop Desmond Tutu

 

Anti-apartheid leader & hero, Desmond Tutu, as part of his achievements, was awarded the Nobel prize in 1984 due to his persistent influence in abolishing the apartheid system in South Africa.

Apartheid was a system of racial segregation that existed in South Africa and South West Africa (now Namibia) from 1948 until the early 1990s.

Tutu was one of the country’s best known figures internationally.

Anti-apartheid leader & hero Desmond Tutu dies at age 90.
The Anti-Apartheid leader unfortunately had been in ill health for years and reports say it was due to persistent infections.

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