Tutu retires from public life

2010-07-22 13:00
Cape Town - Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu has announced that he intends to bow out of public life.

He told a media briefing in Cape Town on Thursday that he intended to scale down his commitments after he turns 79 on October 7.

Instead of growing old gracefully at home with his family, too much of his time had been spent at airports and in hotels.

"The time has now come to slow down, to sip rooibos tea with my beloved wife in the afternoons, to watch cricket and rugby and soccer and tennis, to travel to visit my children and grandchildren, rather than to conferences and conventions and university campuses," he said.

He would no longer be available for media interviews.

"As Madiba said on his retirement: 'Don't call me, I'll call you'," he said.

Tutu was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 1984. He served as Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town from 1986 to 1996 and chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

- SAPA
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