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Archbishop Desmond Tutu was born in 1931. Photo: Wessel Oosthuizen/Gallo Images
Archbishop Desmond Tutu was born in 1931. Photo: Wessel Oosthuizen/Gallo Images


Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu passed away on Sunday, December 26, 2021 at the Oasis Frail Care Centre in Cape Town.

Having passed away at the age 90, Tutu who would have turned 91 in October this year, left a legacy of activism, peace and love.

His presence on the frontlines of the anti-apartheid struggle was applauded throughout the world and he continued his work as the chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in a newly democratic South Africa.

He dreamt of a rainbow nation for the country and continued to preach about the spirit of ubuntu

In 1986, Tutu became the first black Archbishop of Cape Town. Photo: Gallo Images/Avusa
Tutu fought against the apartheid regime. Photo: Gallo Images/Avusa
Tutu is pictured with his mother-in-law Johanna Shenxane (left) and his wife Leah Tutu – whom he married in 1955 – in Kagiso township Krugersdorp. Photo: Gallo Images/Africamera
Tutu delivers one of his passionate sermons in the 1980s. Photo: Gallo Images/Avusa
Tutu speaks to a crowd at New York’s City Hall on May 28 1986 to drum up support for a rally on June 14 calling for sanctions against South Africa and apartheid. Photo: Susan Ragan/AP
Tutu introduces Nelson Mandela to the crowd at City Hall in Cape Town on May 11 1994 after Mandela was elected as state president. Photo: Gallo Images/Oryx Media Archive
The Archbishop as chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) shakes the hand of the former president FW de Klerk at the TRC hearings at the Goodhope Centre in Cape Town in 1996. Photo: Gallo Images/Oryx Media Archive
Tutu closes his eyes as he delivers a sermon during a service at Southwark Cathedral in London, UK, on May 27 2001 for the end of the Celebrate South Africa festival. Photo: KD/Kieran Doherty/Reuters
The Nobel peace prize laureate calms thousand of supporters of Haitian presidential candidate René Préval at the Montana Hotel in Port-au-Prince on February 13 2006. Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters
Tutu was known for his sense of humour and infectious laugh. Here, he reacts during a press conference in Cape Town on July 22 2010. Photo: AP Photo
Tutu and his wife Leah attend a church service at St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town on October 7 2021. Photo: Nardus Engelbrecht/AP Photo

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