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South Africa’s “moral compass” Tutu dies at age 90

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and veteran in the fight against apartheid, who was revered as a national conscience by both blacks and whites, died yesterday at the age of 90.
Tutu was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1984 for its non-violent opposition to the rule of the white minority by South African priest and activist Desmond Tutu. Ten years later, he witnessed the end of the regime, chaired the Truth Commission, and was founded to uncover the atrocities committed under it.
Frankly, he preached against the tyranny of the white minority.
After apartheid was over, he called on a black political elite to explain as much courage as Afrikaners, but his lasting spirit of reconciliation in a divided country was always shining to him. Compliments were poured from all over the world.
US President Joe Biden said Tutu followed his spiritual call to create a better, more free and more equal world. “His heritage will transcend national borders and reverberate over time.”
“Archbishop Desmond Tutu was a leader, a friend, and a moral compass for me and many others,” said former President Barack Obama. “He never lost his sense of sneaky humor and motivation to find humanity among his adversaries.”
Bill Clinton called Tutu’s life a “gift,” and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa described him as an “unequal patriot.”
Tutu died “peacefully” at a nursing home in Cape Town yesterday morning, said a representative of his Archbishop Desmond Tutu IP Trust.
Frail and wheelchair-looking, he was last seen in public in October at St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town. This was once a safe haven for anti-apartheid activists and a service to celebrate their 90th birthday.
He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the late 1990s and has since been hospitalized several times to treat infections associated with its treatment.
In his last year, the ruling party of the African National Congress once said that the dream of “rainbow nation” had not yet come true and could not cope with the poverty and inequality that it promised to eradicate. I regretted having often dropped out with my allies. ..
At just 5 feet 5 inches (1.68 meters) tall and with a contagious smirk, Tsutsu traveled vigorously in the 1980s and became the face of the anti-apartheid movement abroad. I was behind the bar.
Longtime friends Tutu and Mandela lived on the same street in the town of Soweto, South Africa for some time, so the two Nobel Peace Prize laureates lived on the only street in the world, Villa Kaji.
“His most distinctive quality is that he is not afraid to be ready to take an unpopular position,” Mandela once said of Tsutsu. “Such independence of the mind is essential for a thriving democracy.”
Born near Johannesburg, Tutu spent most of his later years in Cape Town, leading numerous marches and campaigns to end apartheid from the stairs in front of St. George’s Cathedral.
Tutu, who officially retired from public on his 79th birthday, once said of himself, “I wish I could shut up, but I couldn’t do it,” but on various moral issues. I kept speaking.
John Steen Heisen, leader of the opposition Democratic Alliance, said that the spirit of Tutu is “our ongoing effort to build a united, successful and non-racial South Africa for all. “In” he said he would stay alive.
In 2008, Tsutsu accused the West of complicating Palestinian suffering by keeping silence.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby praised Tutu as a “priest” yesterday, and Pope Francis expressed his heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones.
In a letter to Rev. Mupo Tutu, the daughter of the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, the world “has lost a great man who has lived a truly meaningful life.” rice field.
“We’re better because he was here,” said Martin Luther King’s daughter Bernice.



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