Cape Town 180724 Desmond Tutu during the the unveiling of Nelson Mandela Statue. A statue of former President Nelson Mandela unveiled in Cape Town to coincide with centenary celebrations to honour the country’s first democratically elected president, who died on December, 5, 2013, at the age of 95. City of Cape Town positioned the statue on the balcony where Mandela stood when he gave his first address as a free man on February 11, 1990 Picture Ayanda ndamane African News Agency ANA

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu discharged from hospital

JOHANNESBURG, October 12 – Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s office has on Friday confirmed that he has been discharged from hospital and is “re-gathering his strength at home”.

“The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation wishes to thank all who have sent messages and prayers,” the foundation said.

He has been in hospital several times in recent years and had been battling with prostate cancer, which he has lived with for more than 17 years. The nature of his illness has not been disclosed.

“The Foundation’s board of directors and staff wish Mrs Tutu a very happy birthday‚ and the Archbishop a full recovery to sustainable good health.”

On Monday Tutu was unable to attend the 8th annual Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture delivered by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The president spoke about the need for land reform to address the apartheid injustice of land dispossession‚ and urged religious‚ political and social formations‚ along with the police‚ to work jointly to end violent crime.  (ANA)

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