The Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, an icon of the fight against “apartheid” in South Africa, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, died this Sunday in Cape Town, at the age of 90. The announcement was made by the president of that country, Cyril Ramaphosa.
The South African president expressed, on behalf of all his compatriots, “his deep sadness after the death “of this essential figure in the history of that country.
Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his activism against the racist segregation of “apartheid”.
“The death of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is another chapter of loss in our nation’s farewell to a generation of prominent South Africans who bequeathed us a liberated South Africa,” Ramaphosa said.
In addition, through a statement, he recalled: “Desmond Tutu was a patriot without equal; a leader of principle and pragmatism who gave meaning to the biblical perception that faith without works is dead. “
“Desmond Tutu was a patriot without equal,” said President Cyril Ramaphosa. Photo: AP / File
Ramaphosa further emphasized that it was “A man of extraordinary intellect, integrity and invincibility against the forces of apartheid ”who, at the same time,“ was tender and vulnerable in his compassion for those who had suffered oppression, injustice and violence under apartheid, and oppressed and oppressed people around the world ”.
He also appreciated that Tutu, “as chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, expressed universal outrage at the ravages of apartheid and demonstrated in a moving and profound way the depth of the meaning of ubuntu, reconciliation and forgiveness.”
“He put his extensive academic achievements at the service of our struggle and at the service of the cause for social and economic justice throughout the world,” the South African president added, in a statement issued by the Minister in the Presidency, Mondli Gungubele.
In parallel, he stressed that “in his life, rich in inspiration but challenging, Desmond Tutu overcame tuberculosis, the brutality of the apartheid security forces and the intransigence of successive apartheid regimes.”
“Neither Casspirs, nor the tear gas nor the security agents could intimidate him or dissuade him from his firm belief in our liberation,” he valued.
Ramaphosa added that Tutu “stayed true to his convictions during our democratic administration and maintained its vigor and vigilance while held leadership accountable and the flourishing institutions of our democracy in their inimitable, inescapable, and ever-empowering form. “
“We pray that Archbishop Tutu’s soul may rest in peace, but that his spirit will be the watchdog on the future of our nation,” the president completed.
News in development.
With information from AFP and EFE.