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Well-wishers help Tutu celebrate 87th birthday from his hospital bed

By: stagedoorscribbler - October 8, 2018

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Photograph by Hattie Miles

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu celebrated his 87th birthday yesterday (Sunday 7th `October) from a hospital bed in Cape Town. 

The Nobel Peace Prize winning veteran anti-apartheid and social justice campaigner has been undergoing tests in hospital for the past week-and-a-half but is said to be in good spirits.

The Archbishop has battled prostate cancer for the past two decades and had spent several spells in hospital. 

This latest admission has not prevented him enjoying his birthday. He was  showered with greetings from family, friends, supporters and well-wishers. 

A statement issued by the board and staff of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation wished him “ a blessed 87th birthday and a speedy return to good health,"

While the FW de Klerk Foundation also sent birthday praise saying: 

"We rejoice in his life and achievements, and in the relative good health he has been enjoying,

"He has, throughout his life, fought for justice and reconciliation. He has consistently spoken out against injustices and wrong actions, irrespective of who the perpetrators were.”

The African National Congress meanwhile said it  joined millions of people from South Africa and around the world in wishing Archbishop Tutu a happy birthday.

Meanwhile today (Monday 8th October) sees the annual Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture delivered by South African  President Cyril Ramaphosa who has been specifically asked by the Archbishop to reflect on restorative justice 20 years after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

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