Guwahati News Desk: Archbishop Desmond Tutu, prominently known for being a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and as the veteran of South Africa’s struggle against white minority rule, breathed his last on Sunday.
The news about his death was announced by Dr. Ramphela Mamphele, acting chairperson of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu IP Trust and Co-ordinator of the Office of the Archbishop.
Mamphele said in a statement on behalf of the Tutu family, “Ultimately, at the age of 90, he died peacefully at the Oasis Frail Care Centre in Cape Town this morning.”
According to reports, Tutu was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the late 1990s and in recent years he was hospitalized on several occasions in order to treat infections associated with his cancer treatment.
Reacting to the news of the 90-year-old Tutu’s death, President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa said, “The passing of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is another chapter of bereavement in our nation’s farewell to a generation of outstanding South Africans who have bequeathed us a liberated South Africa.”
Regarding Tutu’s achievements, he had won the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent opposition to apartheid in the year 1984.A decade later, he chaired a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, set up to unearth atrocities committed during those dark days.
Moreover being an outspoken man, Tutu was considered the nation’s conscience by both, the black majority and the white minority, and his primary and ultimate dream was to build a “Rainbow Nation” without any form of domination or discrimination in it.