South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, 1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner for his activism against the segregating racist “apartheid” regime, died this Sunday at the age of 90 in Cape Town, international media reported.
In a statement issued by the South African government, the country’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, confirmed the death of the respected Anglican religious and sent his condolences to the Tutu family.
“The death of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is another chapter of loss in our nation’s farewell to a generation of prominent South Africans who bequeathed us a liberated South Africa,” the president said in the text.
The South African president described Tutu as a “peerless patriot” and a “man of extraordinary intellect” who maintained his integrity in the fight against “apartheid forces.”
Even in a democracy, Ramaphosa noted, Tutu maintained the “vigor” and “vigilance” of leadership to hold institutions to account.
Awarded the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize for his fight against the brutal racist oppression of apartheid, Tutu is considered one of the key figures in contemporary South African history.