Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a leading opponent of apartheid in South Africa, has died.
Desmond Tutu, a close supporter of Nelson Mandela, was instrumental in ending racial segregation. Together with Mandela, he stood up against the white minority government’s prejudice against the black majority in South Africa.
The revered cleric died at the age of 90.
Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his contribution to the struggle. He was best known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist.
Desmond Tutu formed his objective as “a democratic and just society without racial divisions”, and he set forward the following points as minimum demands:
1. equal civil rights for all
2. the abolition of South Africa’s passport laws
3. a common system of education
4. the cessation of forced deportation from South Africa to the so-called “homelands”
His death has come as a shock to the nation as condolences have poured in from all facets of the South African society.
President Cyril Ramaphosa described his death as “another chapter of bereavement in our nation’s farewell to a generation of outstanding South Africans”.