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World Mourns with S. Africa with the Death of 'Great Icon and Father' Desmond Tutu

INTERNATIONAL: South Africans mourned the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Sunday, calling him an "icon" and a "great man". Cape Town Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba says, "It is with great sadness that I have to announce that our dearly beloved Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town and the 1984 Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Mpilo Tutu died a short while ago at the age of 90."

 A resident Rupaire Koopman says that Desmond Tutu has been a key figure for all of Africans and a key figure in the world. He says, “We are going to miss him dearly. His legacy will live on forever, rest in peace Tata, rest in peace."

 Another South African resident Janet Adebayo-Omesa says, "It's actually very sad and I don't think not only for South Africa but for Africa as a continent. We have lost a great icon, a father, a human who was there not just for the African people, the South African people but for Africa as a nation, Africa as a unit, Africa as one.”

Meanwhile a citizen Augustus Adebayo-Omesa says, "I feel very, very down, emotionally right now because he was somebody that almost everybody liked especially the kids, they love him."

Tributes poured from all over the world on Sunday following the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and veteran of South Africa's struggle against white minority rule. South Africans have gathered outside his former parish at St George's Cathedral in Cape Town, which used to be a safe haven for anti-apartheid activists, to lay flowers.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama were amongst those who paid tribute to Tutu on social media.

In 1984, South African cleric and activist Desmond Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent opposition to apartheid. A decade later, he witnessed the end of that regime and chaired a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, set up to unearth atrocities committed during those dark days.

The outspoken Tutu was considered the nation's conscience by both Black and white, an enduring testament to his faith and spirit of reconciliation in a divided nation. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the late 1990s and in recent years was hospitalised on several occasions to treat infections associated with his cancer treatment.

Queen Elizabeth of England was quoted as saying, “Archbishop Tutu's loss will be felt by the people of South Africa, and by so many people in Great Britain, Northern Ireland, and across the Commonwealth, where he was held in such high affection and esteem.”


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