The family of Nobel Peace Prize laureate and veteran South African anti-apartheid campaigner; Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has confirmed that he would be going in for surgery on Wednesday to palliate an infection that had kept him in the hospital.
Last month, Tutu admitted himself to a Cape Town hospital for treatment to “a recurring infection” and has continued to respond well to the treatment for the infection.
The Archbishop Emeritus’ family also thanked all and sundry who have held the “Arch” in their prayers. Tutu’s wife, Leah, promised to relate additional information on his condition to the public when appropriate.
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.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s Legacies
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.
And though he retired from public life in 2010, he has remained active with the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation and other organisations.
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.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu also played a key role in the nation’s transition from the apartheid era. He served as chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that probed atrocities during the regime of minority rule.
In 1996, he retired as Archbishop of Cape Town and was made emeritus Archbishop of Cape Town.