Jokes fly as De Klerk visits Tutu in hospital

2015-09-03 15:56
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Former South African president FW de Klerk visited fellow Nobel peace laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu in hospital today. 

After chatting for a few minutes, laughter filled the ward when the former president, alluding to a difficult phase of his relationship with Tutu during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, said he didn’t want to stay long and tire out Tutu. 

“I tired you enough in the past ... You tired me too!” he quipped. 

Joining the laughter were Tutu’s wife, Leah, and daughter, the Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu. De Klerk said his wife, Elita, hoped to accompany him to hospital but was recovering from ’flu. 

Tutu has been in and out of hospital for the past six weeks to receive intensive antibiotic treatment for a stubborn infection and related complications. 

The good news is that the archbishop’s health is continuing to improve and he will soon be able to return home. He was exercising daily, and spending more and more time sitting in a chair, rather than lying in bed, he told De Klerk. 

De Klerk said he looked forward to watching the soon-to-be 84-year-old Arch on the dance floor when he celebrates his birthday early next year. 

Tutu responded that if he didn’t feel up to dancing, he would certainly pray for the former president. Mr De Klerk jumped at the offer. 

Mpho expressed her family’s thanks to the former president and his wife for their regular contact, concern and prayers.

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