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.

  • Mary - 2010-07-22 13:22

    A wonderful man deserves a wonderful retirement!May he have many,many more years
    of cups of tea with his wife and family.We have been truly blessed with 'the arch'.

  • daaivark - 2010-07-22 13:23

    You deserve a break. You have done wonders for our nation.

  • karabo - 2010-07-22 13:23

    you made an error. the Madiba quote is supposed to read as follows :

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

  • cindy - 2010-07-22 13:23

    There goes the conscience of the country, the voice of reason, reconciliation and moderation

  • RD - 2010-07-22 13:27

    I wish the Arch the best on his retirement.

  • Man P - 2010-07-22 13:28

    We as SA's have not celebrated this icon of high standing enough if not at all. So many intitutions & people of high standing have given recognition to the Bish...this is purhaps our weakness as SA's, we don't value our treasures until they are lost. Look at Pule 'Ace' Ntsoelegoe we never knew how much treasure the man carried internatinally

  • JT - 2010-07-22 13:29

    The Arch's voice of reason and compassion will be sorely missed in this country. Will have a cup on you! All the best

  • Sam - 2010-07-22 13:36

    Deserves a lot of rest over a lot more years. Decent, courageous, principled, warm hearted, generous and jovial in spite of his experience under apartheid. He is an example to us all.They still invoke the Truth and reconciliation commission all over the world when they are trying to reconcile people so that must rank as one of his biggest achievement. He beat cancer too.

  • Greggles - 2010-07-22 13:40

    How sad ... he always added colour to the drab news in South Africa.
    Enjoy being out in the pasture, Bishop!

  • Lebohang - 2010-07-22 13:40

    It would be a well-earned rest. The old man has done his bit and deserves to spend the remaining years of his life in peace with those closest to his heart. A sterling example of our people.

  • christo - 2010-07-22 13:42

    Good-bye Bishop. Thank you for everything you have done for SA. May you have a peaceful and prosperous retirement

  • KATLYN - 2010-07-22 13:43

    Arch. Tutu, a well deserved rest, you have earned it. Thank you for what you have done for our country. God Bless

  • zumi - 2010-07-22 13:45

    Ag no I really hope not completely I love this man.

  • DianaB - 2010-07-22 13:49

    I wish you well on your retirement, I just hope that someone will take on your role and continue to be a voice for those who don't have one and to be a conscience and speak loudly when governments need to be criticised and causes need to be taken up! Long live the Arch. Enjoy your retirement and your family, with your longsuffering wife Leah!

  • Mawethu Mabaso - 2010-07-22 13:54

    Job well done D Tutu, I'm glad SA has individuals of high morals like Tutu. He's done his part, now we must take the baton/stick and continue from where he departs.

  • Kgomotso Direro - 2010-07-22 13:59

    I think it is high time for him to rest, he took a good decision. Bravo Mr Honourable Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu!!!

  • morena - 2010-07-22 13:59

    Phewwww about time, you should have rested long ago, your one way criticism was starting to get onto my nerves and becoming drivel

  • Cherryl Lunt - 2010-07-22 14:03

    Thanks for all you have done for our country, and not being afraid to stand up for what is right, even if it offends those in power. Enjoy your retirement - you deserve it

  • Andre Groenewald - 2010-07-22 14:04

    It's about time

  • John Camp - 2010-07-22 14:14

    Hey Morena, it's high time you learned how to string a proper sentence together dude. Kudo's to the Bish, he's been fantastic for SA.

  • Skoposh - 2010-07-22 14:15

    Its being long over due Tata, u did your best for the country, you almost falter with the politics of this country , Remember the Previous year.

  • odgar - 2010-07-22 14:18

    we all deserve rest, may god be with you in your new career hope to see you on your birthday. inkomu mintero ya wena ye tikombile !!!

  • DG - 2010-07-22 14:18

    Your wise words of wisdom will be missed. Your calming notes, your excited dance.. Have a long and peaceful retirement sir

  • louhof - 2010-07-22 14:19

    Alhoewel jy nie ons favourite was in die 80s nie, het jy dit wel geword in die laaste 20 jaar. Ons sal jou mis maar ten minste kan ons jou nog sien op ZANEWS. Mooi bly ou grote.

  • Bennie - 2010-07-22 14:21

    Good ridance. Now you will probably get a chance to read the bible correctly. And stop confusing people with your unbiblical interpretaion.

  • Cecilia Jansen - 2010-07-22 14:22

    Dear Arch Tutu, a Man of honour. We are most grateful for your contribution to the history of this beautiful country. May you have a wonderful and long overdue retirement, knowing that YOU have done more than your fair share for ther liberation of SA. We will Love you always
    Cecilia. Cape Town

  • laevinia - 2010-07-22 14:23

    will miss your sense of humour most of all. merry meet and merry part, doll .....

  • Scigga - 2010-07-22 14:24

    The guy that signed when families lost thier loved ones and said to them the murders are "SORRY" ... oooh did you see me I was crying too ... I feel your pain ...

  • DeonL - 2010-07-22 14:40

    I am sorry to see him go, He was not afraid to critisize the old and new Governments and even our Prez. and even Julius.

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