The family of Nobel Peace Prize laureate and veteran South African anti-apartheid campaigner; Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has received an “unreserved” apology from the African National Congress Women’s League.
The Women’s League issued the apology on Monday; after the organization earlier sent its condolences to the Archbishop’s family, thinking that Tutu has died.
ANCWL secretary-general, Meokgo Matuba; immediately sent the condolence after she learned from a bogus news site on Monday that Tutu has passed away.
Responding, the South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) on Tuesday condemned the bogus news site. The forum also enjoined South Africans to desist from patronizing such sites.
The forum added: “Sanef notes and strongly condemns yesterday’s [Monday] false story about the well-being of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, which has done the rounds on social media.
Such inaccurate reports by websites masquerading as credible news sources are highly damaging and hurtful to those involved and their families. They also do a great disservice to legitimate news websites and the news industry as a whole.”
On Sept. 17 Tutu was re-admitted to the hospital after he was discharged following a surgery to palliate an infection that had kept him in the hospital for three weeks.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu Has A Long-Running Disease
Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s health status has been hosed by “recurring infection”. In 2013, Tutu underwent hospital tests for a persistent infection; and also went through a similar treatment last year. He has been living with prostate cancer for nearly 20 years. In 2014, he cancelled travel plans because of the long-running disease.
Tutu became the first black archbishop of Cape Town; where he boldly condemned South Africa’s apartheid regime. He became a world figure after he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his efforts to end apartheid in his native South Africa.
He is one of the notable voices kicking against corruption in South Africa; the brutal murder of Christian clergies and Israel’s policies towards the Palestinians. The Archbishop emeritus also campaigned for human rights, fights against HIV/AIDS, racism, transphobia, sexism, and homophobia.