Archbishop Desmond Tutu admitted to hospital with stubborn infection_1

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has been admitted to a Cape Town hospital. 

In a short statement, Tutu’s wife Leah Tutu said he had been admitted “for a stubborn infection.”

Although details of when he was admitted were not provided, the 88-year-old has been in hospital many times over the last few years for a similar condition. 

Leah Tutu said:  “The Archbishop has been hospitalised several times over the past few years for treatment of a similar condition.”

Tutu last month celebrated the Springboks’ Rugby World Cup victory in Cape Town.

Tutu’s 88th birthday

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu turned 88-years-old on 7 October, and the Nobel Peace Prize award-winner was requested by the late Nelson Mandela, to “continue to be our voice of conscience” in South Africa.

Tutu is a prominent figure in South Africa since his stance on the fight against Apartheid, he started as an English and history teacher after graduating at the University of South Africa in 1954.

“I tried to be what my teachers had been to me, to these kids, seeking to instil in them a pride, a pride in themselves. Pride in what they were doing, a pride that said they may define you as so and so. You aren’t that, make sure you prove them wrong by becoming what the potential in you says you can become,” said Tutu. 

Tutu went on to lead the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), a body initiated in South Africa’s journey to healing from the traumatic past injustices through investigating and reporting on the atrocities of Apartheid.

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”