Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize winner and South African anti-apartheid leader passed away peacefully at the Oasis Frail Care Centre in Cape Town.
He was 90.
Via NBC News:
The Anglican clergyman used the pulpit to preach and galvanize public opinion against the injustice faced by South Africa’s Black majority.
The first Black bishop of Johannesburg and later first Black Archbishop of Cape Town, Tutu was a vocal activist for racial justice and LGBTQ rights not just in South Africa but across the world.
In 1990, after 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela spent his first night of freedom at Tutu’s residence in Cape Town.
After the fall of the apartheid regime and with Mandela leading the country as its first Black president, Tutu headed the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that laid bare the terrible truths of white rule.
President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed the news on Sunday.
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.
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.
My sincerest condolences and prayers to the TuTu family and all who knew and loved Archbishop Tutu.
May he Rest In Peace.
Source: NBC News