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Archbishop Desmond Tutu Biography: 9 Facts About South Africa Anti-apartheid Hero
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate who helped end apartheid in South Africa, has died aged 90.
President Cyril Ramaphosa said the churchman's death marked “another chapter of bereavement in our nation's farewell to a generation of outstanding South Africans”.
Here 8 things you should know about Archbishop Desmond Tutu
- Desmond Mpilo Tutu OMSG CH was born on 7 October 1931.
- Hewas a South African Anglican bishop and theologian, known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist.
- He was the Bishop of Johannesburg from 1985 to 1986 and then the Archbishop of Cape Town from 1986 to 1996, in both cases being the first black African to hold the position.
- Theologically, he sought to fuse ideas from black theology with African theology.
- His mother, Allen Dorothea Mavoertsek Mathlare, was born to a Motswana family in Boksburg. His father, Zachariah Zelilo Tutu, was from the amaFengu branch of Xhosa
- Tutu has had a lifelong love of literature and reading, and was a fan of cricket.
- He died at the age of 90
- On 2 July 1955, Tutu married Nomalizo Leah Shenxane, a teacher whom he had met while at college
- They had four children, Trevor Thamsanqa, Theresa Thandeka, Naomi Nontombi and Mpho Andrea.