South African Icon ,Desmond Tutu dead at 90
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu who brought a end to apartheid in South Africa has died. He was 90 years old.
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.”
The Nobel Peace laureate and freedom fighter was arrested more than once condemning all forms of violence and confronted both the apartheid police and vengeful Black mobs “necklacing” alleged spies by throwing tires around their victims and setting them alight.
Tutu warned the apartheid leaders that racism defied the will of God and apartheid would not succeed.
“The system of this country, apartheid, is immoral. The system of this country is evil,” Tutu said during that period. “What must we say, which we have not yet said? What must we do, which we have not yet done? To tell the world that all we want is a new South Africa, where all, Black and white, will be able to live as equals.” – Tutu said.
He was diagnosed with prostrate cancer in 1997 ,the treatment was successful but in 2005 it reappeared though didn’t affect his work schedule until he retired.
After he retired,he continued his quest for global peace and social justice, joining The Elders, a seasoned group of world leaders that includes Nelson Mandela, Jimmy Carter and Kofi Annan.
What an Icon,May his soul rest in peace.