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Tutu at unveiling of painting to celebrate the life of Adam Le Roux

By: stagedoorscribbler - November 19, 2018

Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu. Photograph by Hattie Miles

Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu, only released from hospital after his latest bout of treatment last month, has been back on the wards again but for a very positive reason.

The 87-year-old veteran anti-Apartheid campaigner and Nobel Peace Prize winner was a guest at the Groote Schuur Hospital’s department of surgery in Cape Town for the unveiling of the painting ‘Pieta of Love’.

The mixed media work by Manfred Zyella is dedicated to young cerebral palsy sufferer Adam Le Roux, the 15-year-old son of Artscape CEO Marlene Le Roux, who died last year. 

The painting which depicts him in the arms of his mother was painted by family friend Zyella to honour Adam’s memory. Followijng display in several exhibitions, the work has now been presented to the hospital on permanent loan.

The unveiling took place during an awards event recognising exceptional achievements made by the surgery department at Groote Schuur.

Archbishop Tutu has battled prostate cancer for nearly two decades and has been admitted to hospital a number of times in recent years. 

The latest unspecified treatment regime kept him in hospital for his 87th  birthday on 7th October. He was discharged in time to celebrate his wife Leah’s birthday a week later