• Sat. Jan 28th, 2023

By Andria Y. Carter

Sesh Digital Correspondent

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu, the Nobel laureate who served as South Africa’s moral compass and the leader of its reconciliation process, died in Cape Town, South Africa. He was 90-years-old.

The world knew, listened and watch Archbishop Tutu expression his opinions greatly that made many politicians uneasy. In 2007, he said “I wish I could shut up, but I can’t, and I won’t.”

In honor of his humanitarian and religious work, Tutu has received numerous honors and awards including doctorates and fellowships from universities and colleges around the world. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his work as the General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches from 1978 to 1985, where he led a crusade in support of justice and racial reconciliation. Tutu also has received the Pacem Terris Award, the Albert Schweitzer Prize of Humanitarism, the Sydney Peace Prize, the Ghandi Peace Prize and the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009, from then President Barak Obama.

President Cyril Ramaphosa in a released statement, announced Archbishop Tutu’s death saying he was the last surviving South African laureate of the Noble Peace Price. “The passing of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is another chapter of bereavement in our nation’s farewell to a generation of outstanding South Africans who have bequeathed us a liberated South Africa.”

“Desmond Tutu was a patriot without equal; a leader of principle and pragmatism who gave meaning to the biblical insight that faith without works is dead.

A man of extraordinary intellect, integrity and invincibility against the forces of apartheid, he was also tender and vulnerable in is compassion for those who had suffered oppression, injustice and violence under apartheid, and oppressed and downtrodden people around the world.”

“As chairperson of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission he articulated the universal outrage at the ravages of apartheid and touchingly and profoundly demonstrated the depth of meaning of ubuntu, reconciliation and forgiveness.

“He placed his extensive academic achievements at the service of our struggle and at the service of the cause for social and economic justice the world over.

“From the pavement of resistance in South Africa to the pulpits of the world’s greatest cathedrals and places of worship, and the prestigious setting of the Noble Peace Prize ceremony, Archbishop Tutu distinguished himself as a non-sectarian, inclusive champion of universal human rights.

“In his richly inspiring yet challenging life, Desmond Tutu overcame tuberculosis, the brutality of the apartheid security forces and the intransigence of successive apartheid regimes. Neither Casspirs, teargas nor security agents could intimidate him or deter him form his steadfast belief in our liberation.

“He remained true to his convictions during our democratic dispensation and maintained his vigour and vigilance as held leadership and the burgeoning institutions of our democracy to account in his inimitable, inescapable and always fortifying way, the President Ramaphosa.

He is survived by his wife, four children, seven grandchildren and great-grandchildren.