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Desmond Tutu in good spirits after being admitted to hospital for tests

By: stagedoorscribbler - October 1, 2018

Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Photograph by Hattie Miles

Nobel Peace Laureate and lifelong campaigner for social justice Archbishop emeritus  Desmond Tutu is said to be “in good spirits” after being admitted to hospital in Cape Town for a series of tests.

The Archbishop,  who celebrates his 87th birthday on October 7th, has been receiving treatment for prostate cancer for nearly two decades. He has had several spells in hospital and in 2016 was treated several times for a persistent infection. He also underwent minor surgery.

Following his latest hospital admission on Thursday, his office issued a statement that read: “The Archbishop was in good spirits after settling into his ward. He hopes to be back home in a few days.”

It is also hoped that  he will be well enough to be involved in the 8th Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture  planned for 8th October.

The lecture was established in 2011 and is now a major annual event for the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation.

This year it will be delivered by President Cyril Ramaphosa who has been specifically asked by Archbishop Tutu to reflect on restorative justice 20 years after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission