South Africa's Anti-Apartheid Hero Desmond Tutu Dies at 90

- 27 December 2021 20:11 WIB
Desmond Tutu, a South African priest. (Getty Images)
Desmond Tutu, a South African priest. (Getty Images)

JAKARTADAILY.ID - Archbishop Desmond Tutu, born Desmond Mpilo Tutu, the last Nobel Peace Prize winner who was an activist in the unchartered territory of democracy in South Africa, died on Sunday at 90.

Tutu died peacefully at a care center in Cape Town on Saturday. He had been diagnosed with prostate cancer since 1997 and going in and out of hospital since 2015.

On the world stage during his days, Tutu addressed a wide variety of topics, from the Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip to gay rights and assisted death. He was considered the conscience of the nation, never wavered in his non-violent fight against the white minority tyranny.

Tutu once said, "Our land is burning and bleeding, and so I call on the international community to apply punitive sanctions against this government" in 1986, as quoted again by Reuters on Sunday (December 26, 2021).

In February 1990, Tutu led Nelson Mandela on a balcony at City Hall in Cape Town, where Mandela made his first public address since he was released from prison. Tutu then spent four years serving under Mandela's presidency.

While many of the leaders of the anti-apartheid movement were behind bars, Tutu was able to travel extensively and become the face of the campaign abroad.

"We are tired of coming to funerals, of making speeches week after week. It is time to stop the waste of human lives," the Archbishop once said during his graveside orations for Black people passing during the struggle against white domination.

When he was asked what regrets he had, Archbishop Desmond Tutu said that he regrets how he treated people. He added that he hopes that the public will forgive him for his actions.

Editor: M. A. Wahad

Source: Reuters, AP News


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