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South Africa: Desmond Tutu hospitalized for tests

Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 87, was hospitalized Thursday in a hospital in the city of Cape Town (south) to undergo a series of tests, announced his entourage. Former South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu blows his 87th birthday this Sunday. A happy event that the anti-apartheid activist celebrates from a hospital bed.
Desmond Tutu, who has been suffering from prostate cancer for many years, was admitted to a Cape hospital on Sept. 27 for tests, the latest in a long series of Archbishop hospitalizations.

This Sunday, many political figures in South Africa wished to wish the best to the Archbishop. This is the case of David Makhura, a prominent member of the ruling party, the African National Congress; Patricia de Lille, mayor of Cape Town and member of the Democratic Alliance (opposition), or Frederik de Klerk, the last president of the apartheid regime, which ended in 1994.

Nelson Mandela’s wrestling companion, Desmond Tutu has engaged in the fight against apartheid and several global causes for human rights freedom. Winner of a Nobel Peace Prize, the archbishop is today considered the “moral conscience” of his country.

Weakened by illness, he has reduced his appearances in public. That did not stop her from calling Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, criticized for her “silence” on the persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Southeast Asia. But also, to make his voice heard on the right to euthanasia of which he is a fervent supporter.

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