Cape Town Honours Arch Bishop Tutu: The city of Cape Town officially announced on Friday that it will be mounting a towering figure of South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop Desmond Tutu on the city’s civic center.
According to the city’s spokesperson, the installation of Tutu was intended to honor him for his numerous contributions to the country.
Remarkably, Tutu will be sharing the space with former president Nelson Mandela – who already has his face on the magnificent building.
On Friday, workmen at the installation site were seen dangling from ropes and the city assured reporters that the work will be completed by Tuesday.
Linsey Levendall‚ the artist who created both portraits‚ said the Tutu portrait would include stained glass – referencing St George’s Cathedral – the smiling face of Tutu’s wife Leah‚ a rainbow – referencing the ‘rainbow nation’ term coined by Tutu‚ a baobab tree – referring to the work of his foundation‚ a laughing child‚ an Aids ribbon and joined hands representing ubuntu.
In a statement, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille said: “In 2015, we took the decision to honor the lives of the Arch and Mama Leah in their lifetime. This is a small token of appreciation for all the work that they have done to build a better South Africa, as a son and daughter of our soil.”
Now everyone who enters our CBD will be greeted with the smiling faces of Tata Madiba and our beloved Arch.”
Tutu and Mandela were very good friends and were closely knitted in the fight against apartheid. They also fought for peace and human rights in South Africa. In fact, the two were once described as “two Nobel Laureates, two men from Soweto, two old friends and allies with a love for life, passion, laughter and a cause.”
Last year, Tutu, 85, underwent a surgery to palliate a recurring infection that had kept him uncomfortable for years.
Likewise, in 2013, Tutu underwent hospital tests for a persistent infection. He has been living with prostate cancer for nearly 20 years. In 2014, he cancelled travel plans because of the long-running disease.
Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu was born on 7th October 1931. He is a South African social rights activist and a retired Anglican bishop who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid.
Tutu was also the first black Archbishop of Cape Town and bishop of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa (now the Anglican Church of Southern Africa).
The Archbishop emeritus also campaigned for human rights, fights against HIV/AIDS, racism, transphobia, sexism and homophobia
And though he retired from public life in 2010, he has remained active with the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation and other organizations. 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.
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.