SA anxious on news of Tutu's surgical procedure

Cape Town - September 7 is a special day for Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu - and not just because a surgical procedure might tell his doctors why he keeps getting the infection that has been dogging him for the past few years.

It also marks 30 years since he became the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of the Province of Southern Africa - the first black person to hold the position.

According to SA History Online, more than 100 000 people gathered in his honour for the Eucharist held at the Goodwood Stadium.

Remembering the occasion in a church newsletter, the current Archbishop Thabo Makgopa said he visited Tutu at the weekend and found him in good spirits.

"Please keep him, Mrs Leah Tutu, and their family in your prayers," wrote Makgopa.

Tutu admitted himself to hospital last week after a recurring infection came back. "The Arch", as he is affectionately known, has beaten tuberculosis and prostate cancer in the past.

'Human sexuality'

Tutu officially retired in 1996, but has not slowed down, adding his voice to a wide range of pressing issues.

His youngest child, who followed in his footsteps to become the Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu, has forced the Anglican Church to re-examine its policy on same-sex relationships after it emerged that she could not preach anymore after she married a woman.

Following her marriage to Professor Marceline Tutu van Furth she had to give up her licence to preach.

As a result of the controversy, a motion was tabled by the Diocese of Saldanha Bay, proposing the provision of pastoral care for those who identified themselves as part of the LGBTI community.

"More controversially, the motion also proposes that clergy who identify as LGBTI and are in legal same-sex civil unions should be licenced to minister in our parishes," said Makgoba in March.

The discussion on "human sexuality" is expected to take place at a special church meeting.

Meanwhile, word on Tutu's condition after the surgery was eagerly awaited.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
Voting Booth
President Ramaphosa has punted the idea of mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for South Africans. This is:
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
The right thing to do. We desperately need more South Africans vaccinated to prevent further mutations and restore normality in our lives.
70% - 12612 votes
A risky strategy. Compulsory vaccinations may have unintended consequences and damage our rollout campaign.
30% - 5350 votes
Rand - Dollar
Rand - Pound
Rand - Euro
Rand - Aus dollar
Rand - Yen
Brent Crude
Top 40
All Share
Resource 10
Industrial 25
Financial 15
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.