South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa announced that Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Anglican cleric, has died aged 90.
“The passing of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is another chapter of bereavement in our nation’s farewell to a generation of outstanding South Africans who have bequeathed us a liberated South Africa,” said Ramaphosa.
Tutu was born October 7, 1931, in Klerksdorp and worked as a teacher just like his father before became the first Black bishop of Johannesburg in 1975 and later Archbishop of Cape Town.
Even before he was ordained, he protested the government restrictions on education for black children and later went on to lead the movement to end the policy of racial segregation and discrimination under apartheid rule in South Africa from 1948 until 1991.
Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 and was arrested later in 1988 for leading an anti-apartheid petition to South Africa’s parliament.
After Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s first black president in 1994, Tutu was appointed to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate apartheid era hate crimes.
Tutu was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the late 1990s and has been suffering from related infections until then until his eventual death.
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