Middle East

Anti-apartheid icon Desmond Tutu dies at age 90

Johannesburg: Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a symbol of South Africa’s anti-apartheid, died yesterday at the age of 90, called the national moral compass, and was flooded with compliments to the candid Nobel Peace Prize laureates. In recent years, Tsutsu, who has greatly declined from public life, is memorable for his simple humor, his characteristic smile, and above all, his tireless fight against injustice of all colors.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the death of the Archbishop on Sunday, calling him a man of “extraordinary intelligence, honesty and invincibility to apartheid forces.” “The death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu is another chapter of the farewell to the superior South Africans of the generation who left us with the liberated South Africa,” he said. President.

Former US President Barack Obama, the country’s first black leader, praised him as a towering figure and a “moral compass.” “The universal spirit of Archbishop Tsutsu, who is rooted in the struggle for liberation and justice in his own country, was also concerned about injustice everywhere,” Obama said in a statement. Stated. According to AFP journalists, the mourners gathered in Cape Town’s former parish, St. George’s Cathedral, while others gathered in his house and had a bouquet of flowers.

“Without him, we would probably have been lost as a nation,” said Miriam Mokuwadi, a 67-year-old retired nurse outside the cathedral. The South African cricket team wore a black armband in honor of him on the first day of the first test against India in South Africa. Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said Tutu “inspired a generation of African leaders who embraced his non-violent approach in the liberation struggle.”

European leaders join the choir, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson calls him a “key figure” in the struggle to create a new South African and French President Emmanuel Macron, and Tutu “his life. Dedicated to human rights and equality. ” The Vatican said Pope Francis was sad and “condolences to his family and loved ones.”

A tireless activist, Tsutsu won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for fighting the rule of his white minority. When Nelson Mandela became the country’s first black president in 1994, he coined the term “rainbow nation” to describe South Africa. He retired in 1996 and led a tragic journey into South Africa’s brutal past as Head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The horror lid of the apartheid administration.

However, Tutu also criticized the dominant African National Congress (ANC). This is a pioneer in the fight against the rule of the white minority. He challenged Mandela with the Prime Minister’s high salary and vehemently criticized the surge of corruption under former President Jacob Zuma. Ordained at the age of 30, and appointed Archbishop in 1986, he advocated international sanctions on apartheid and later used his position to lobby for global rights.
Tutu was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1997 and was repeatedly treated.

His public appearance is getting less and less, and in the last one of the year, he got out of the hospital in a wheelchair and got the COVID vaccine, waving his hand, but without comment. According to some of his relatives interviewed by AFP, the Archbishop has been weakened for several months and died peacefully yesterday at 7 am (Greenwich Mean Time 0500).

The Nelson Mandela Foundation called Tsutsu an “extraordinary human.” Thinker. leader. shepherd”. “He is bigger than life, and for many in South Africa and around the world, his life has been a blessing,” he said in a statement. Chuchu was born on October 7, 1931, to a domestic worker and a school teacher in the small town of Klerkusdorf, west of Johannesburg. He trained as a teacher before the anger at the inferior education system established for black children urged him to become a priest.

He lived in Britain for a while, but remembered unnecessarily asking for directions from a white police officer who could just be called a “sir.” Tsutsu relentlessly challenged the status quo on issues such as race, homosexuality, and religious doctrine, and provided pioneering support for the assisted suicide movement. And he never moved away from his end. “I made it clear that I didn’t want to stay alive at any cost in preparation for my death,” he said in a 2016 Washington Post opinion piece. Take the next step in your life journey the way I choose. – AFP

https://news.kuwaittimes.net/website/anti-apartheid-icon-desmond-tutu-dies-at-90/ Anti-apartheid icon Desmond Tutu dies at age 90

Back to top button