President Jacob Zuma has joined the Tutu family to celebrate South Africa’s renowned clergyman, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and veteran South African anti-apartheid campaigner Archbishop Tutu.
Speaking in a statement on Friday, Zuma wished Tutu “a joyful birthday, good health and comfort” on his 85th birthday.
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President Zuma said the Anglican clergyman has been an inspiration to South Africa and the world at large, especially the poor.
“Archbishop Emeritus Tutu has contributed immensely to the freedom and democratic dispensation we achieved as a country. He continues to inspire the nation and the world in the promotion of human rights, justice and the wellbeing of all especially the poor.
We wish him a joyful birthday, good health and comfort; and urge the nation to keep him and his family in their thoughts and prayers,” the president added.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu turned 85 today, October 7. His family, relatives, and well-wishers have also identified with the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and veteran South African anti-apartheid campaigner.
Thahane Celebrates Archbishop Tutu
His granddaughter, Natasha Thahane, has also shown her grandfather love on the social media. Thahane, an actress, took to Twitter this morning and decorated her page with a heart-warming collage of the Archbishop Emeritus and his family.
— Natasha Thahane (@Natasha_Thahane) October 7, 2016
Meanwhile, reports say a special Eucharist service will be held at St George’s Cathedral for the Archbishop Emeritus today. It is understood that Tutu will preside over the church service if health allows.
His special day will also be celebrated through various activities across the city of Cape Town; including at the 6th Annual Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture, to be held at the Artscape Theatre on Friday evening.
Archbishop Tutu was the first black archbishop of Cape Town – where he boldly condemned South Africa’s apartheid regime. Thereafter, 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.