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Archbishop Desmond Tutu gave up the ghost at 90

Desmond Tutu was one of the driving forces behind the abolishment of apartheid.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu speaks during a memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela at Westminster Abbey in London on March 3, 2014.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu gave up the ghost at 90

Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, has died at the age of 90.

Desmond Tutu helped end the apartheid era in South Africa and was a contemporary of anti-apartheid icon and former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.

He is credited with coining the term ‘Rainbow Nation,’ which is still being used in South Africa to this day.

Awarded the Nobel prize in 1984 for his role in abolishing the apartheid system, Tutu was a prominent figure behind the movement to end a policy of racial segregation and discrimination enforced by the white minority government.

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa says Tutu’s death marked “another chapter of bereavement in our nation’s farewell to a generation of outstanding South Africans.”

He also describes Tutu as “a man of extraordinary intellect, integrity, and invincibility against the forces of apartheid.

“He was also tender and vulnerable in his compassion for those who had suffered oppression, injustice and violence under apartheid, and oppressed and downtrodden people around the world.”

Tutu’s death arrives just weeks after South Africa’s last apartheid-era president, FW de Clerk, died at the age of 85.

Updated: December 26, 2021 — 9:58 am

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