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Desmond Tutu, an icon who helped end apartheid in South Africa, dies at 90 by Ofeibea Quist-Arcton

Desmond Tutu dead: Archbishop and anti-apartheid campaigner passes away aged 90

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and veteran of South Africa’s struggle against white minority rule Apartheid, has died at the age of 90, President Cyril Ramaphosa has announcedAnti-apartheid campaigner Archbishop Desmond Tutu has died, aged 90. The death of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and veteran of South Africa’s struggle against white minority rule was confirmed by the presidency on Sunday.

Nobel Peace Laureate Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a towering figure who helped bring an end to apartheid in South Africa, has died in Cape Town. He was 90.

His death was announced by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who called Tutu “a patriot without equal; a leader of principle and pragmatism who gave meaning to the biblical insight that faith without works is dead.” Tutu had been hospitalized several times in recent years.

The passionate advocate for freedom headed the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the 1990s, a grueling inquiry that investigated crimes during the apartheid era. It was widely seen as a crucial, healing step during South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy. The TRC became a model for similar commissions in other parts of the continent.

When Tutu voted for the first time in 1994 in South Africa’s first democratic elections, he captured the unbridled joy of a country emerging from a troubled past.

“I want to sing, I want to cry, I want to laugh. Everything together. And jump and dance,” he gleefully told reporters. “The day has arrive — yippee!”  To read more go to the link below:

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