The death of Archbishop Tutu, a ‘symbol of the South African human rights movement’… 90 years old


Honorary Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a symbol of the struggle against apartheid and black and white discrimination in South Africa, passed away on the 26th local time at the age of 90.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa lamented, “A Nobel Peace Prize winner from South Africa, Archbishop Tutu was a universal human rights defender covering religious as well as non-religious fields.”

Archbishop Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his anti-apartheid struggle.

When the apartheid regime collapsed and Nelson Mandela became the first black president, Archbishop Tutu was also the protagonist who nicknamed South Africa the ‘Rainbow State’.

He, along with Nelson Mandela, is considered to be the two leaders of the struggle for democracy and black freedom in South Africa. He is evaluated for facilitating racial reconciliation after the end of apartheid by forming the Truth and Reconciliation Committee under the slogan ‘No future without forgiveness’.

Archbishop Tutu has been battling cancer since he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1997, and since retiring in 2010, he has spent the rest of his life quietly with his family, seldom speaking publicly.

Since 2015, news of his hospitalization has been reported through the media several times.

Archbishop Tutu made a public appearance last May when he and his wife Leah were vaccinated against COVID-19.

(Photo = EPA, Yonhap News)

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