Tributes to South African Desmond Tutu, who died at the age of 90


South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his “deep sadness over the death” of this “unparalleled patriot.” His death “is a new chapter in mourning our nation’s farewell to a generation of exceptional South Africans who left us a liberated South African heritage.”

“A man of extraordinary intelligence, upright and invincible against the forces of apartheid, he was both tender and vulnerable in his compassion for those who suffered (…) in apartheid and for those oppressed and oppressed around the world,” he said. Cyril Ramaphosa reacted.

The Mandela Foundation laments an “immeasurable” loss. “He was greater than nature (…). He was an extraordinary human being. A thinker. A leader. A shepherd. ”

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta considers that “the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu is a severe blow to us, not only to the Republic of South Africa, where he leaves a huge mark as a hero in the fight against apartheid but also to the entire African continent, where he is deeply respected and celebrated as an artisan of peace. ”

“Archbishop Tutu has inspired a generation of African leaders who have adopted non-violent approaches to the liberation struggle,” the Kenyan head of state said.

Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine laments the “sad news of the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu.” “A giant fell. We thank God for his life, a full life, truly lived in the service of humanity, “he wrote on Twitter.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Twitter that he was “deeply saddened by the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu.” We will remember him by his spiritual leadership and his unpredictable good mood, “he added.

The Anglican spiritual leader, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welb, believes that “in the eyes of Desmond Tutu we have seen the love of Jesus. In his voice, I heard the compassion of Jesus. In his laughter, I heard the joy of Jesus. He was handsome and brave. His greatest love is now realized when he meets the Lord face to face. ”

“Desmond Tutu’s” fight for an end to apartheid and South African reconciliation will remain in our memory, “French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday. Monsignor Tutu “has dedicated his life to human rights and the equality of peoples,” the French head of state said in a tweet, in which he joined the voice of the international homage choir to the Anglican archbishop of Cape Town.

The Dalai Lama hailed “a great man who lived a meaningful life,” “fully devoted to the service of his brothers and sisters.” “The friendship and spiritual connection between us was what we valued,” he said of his old friend.

The “Wise Men” group, founded in 2007 by Nelson Mandela and comprising public figures working on the world’s great problems, paid homage to the archbishop, an “inspiration” for the world, whose “commitment to peace, love, and equality “will continue” to inspire future generations.

“The sages have lost a dear friend, whose contagious laughter and mischievous sense of humor delighted and enchanted them,” reads a statement from the group, which includes Ban Ki Moon and Jimmy Carter, and Desmond Tutu. first president.

British musician Boy George says he is “happy” to have had the chance to meet Desmond Tutu. “He was truly a beautiful soul, who gave me the belief that certain human beings have a great power of love. An amazing man has strong energy, and is one of the best children of God “R.I.P.”


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