Tutu spends second night in hospital

FILE PICTURE: Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Picture: Refilwe Modise

FILE PICTURE: Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Picture: Refilwe Modise

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu will spend a second night in a Cape Town hospital, as he continues to receive treatment for a persistent infection.

This is after he was admitted to hospital on Tuesday. Tutu, through his daughter Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu, said he  “wished to thank everyone who had sent love and prayers over the past 24 hours, telephonically, electronically and through social and mass media channels”.

She said on Tuesday evening that her family hoped he would be able to return home in a day or two.

Tutu, 83, and his wife Leah, 82, earlier this month renewed their wedding vows on their 60th wedding anniversary.

At the ceremony, Tutu thanked his wife for whom he said he would be nothing without.

“Thank you very much because I wouldn’t not be anywhere near what God made me, without you,” Tutu said to the love of his life after their nuptials.

“I owe all that I am to you. God was very good to give you to me… even if you do put up placards that say you are entitled to your own opinion,” he said with a chuckle.

“Thank you to all of you, because Leah and I know that without you, we would have been nothing. And so thank you.”

The peace icon was previously hospitalised in April 2013, for an infection. His Foundation described him to be in good spirits at the time.

Tutu is known to have treatment for prostate cancer, but according to reports, his admittance to hospital does not relate to the disease.

Tutu’s call to observe Mandela day

Earlier on Tuesday, Tutu called on the public to observe Nelson Mandela International Day which falls on July 18, Saturday.

“Nelson Mandela International Day focuses our attention on each other, and our responsibilities to live Madiba’s legacy forever through the work we all do,” he said through his foundation.

“For 67 years, Nelson Mandela placed the welfare of others above his own.

He worked as a servant of his people, all South Africans, a servant leader. He endured terrible hardship and pain, sacrificing family life professional career and freedom.

“Yet, he did not allow his personal circumstances to better him, to embitter him, to entitle him… He reached out to former political enemies and oppressors as newfound friends, believing all were entitled to a point of view.

“He did not regard his political victory as a ticket absolving him of responsibility to be held to account. He listened, accepted criticism, and was willing to apologise for his mistakes,” Tutu said.

“He eschewed personal aggrandisement, believing it was more important to acknowledge others, to build others, to build for others. For 67 years.

“A lifetime of selflessness… An example of humanity for the ages.

“We are members of one family, the human family, God’s family – all of us, black, white, red, yellow, gay, straight, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jew, Buddhist, Atheist, wealthy, poor, Mozambican, Pakistani, Tibetan, Egyptian, American, Congolese, Fijian, Chinese, South African… All.”
– yadhanaj@citizen.co.za


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