Sunday, January 16

Desmond Tutu is dead (90)

PEACE AWARD WINNER: Desmond Tutu visited Norway several times, including when he received the Peace Prize in 1984.

The former Peace Prize winner and church leader from South Africa has died, the presidency of the country states.


“Desmond Tutu was an unparalleled patriot – a leader based on principles and pragmatism,” said South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in a statement.

Tutu became famous in the 1980s because of its non-violent opposition to the apartheid regime. It was this work that led to the Archbishop being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.

In 1985, he was appointed South Africa’s first black bishop, and he used his position to call for mass protests and international action.

– Forgiving is not the same as forgetting, it is actually remembering – remembering, but not using the right to strike back. It is the possibility of a new beginning, especially if you do not want to repeat what has happened, reads one of the quotes that will live on after Tutu.

Here you can see his life in pictures:

Finally, at the age of 90, he died peacefully at the Oasis Frail Care Center in Cape Town this morning, Ramphela Mamphele writes in the statement on behalf of the family and continues:

– Even though he was not physically impressive, he had the inner strength of a lion, it is said in a statement on behalf of the family.

Tutu was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the late 90’s, which he lived with the aftermath of until his death.

MEET STOLTENBERG: Desmond Tutu and Norway’s then Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg in 2000.

Teacher and theologian

Tutu was born on October 7, 1931 in Klerksdorp in northwestern South Africa. When he was twelve years old, the family moved to Johannesburg. Desmond became a teacher as his father, and later studied theology.

In 1975, he was appointed rector of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Johannesburg, the first black man in this position. The following year, as a Soweto resident, he witnessed the uprising in the black city of millions, in which hundreds of lives were lost.

After a brief stint as bishop of Lesotho, he became secretary-general of the South African Church Council (SACC). In 1986 he became Archbishop of Cape Town and thus leader of the Anglican Church in South Africa.

FRIEND: NORWAY US President Jimmy Carter, then Secretary of State Jonas Gahr Støre and Desmond Tutu in Oslo in 2012.

After the fall of the apharteid regime in the country, the archbishop led the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which systematically reviewed crimes committed against the dark population of South Africa.

From 2007 to 2013, he led “the Elders” – an international forum for world leaders promoting peace and human rights started by Nelson Mandela. In 2012, he met the then Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre during an Elders meeting in Oslo.

Tutu has also been appointed honorary doctor at the University of Tromsø.

He has also been active in the public debate in recent times. In recent years, he has criticized Jacob Zuma’s government for misrule, and in 2017 he condemned Myanmar’s leader and former Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi for the brutal persecution of the Rohingya minority.

Former United States President Ronald Reagan and Desmond Tutu in the White House in 1984.

Lost respect for Norway

But his moral compass also caused him to lose respect for Norway a few years later, after what critics characterize as the knee-jerk reaction to China.

The icy relationship with China arose when the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Chinese opposition Liu Xiaobo in 2010, and it had not gotten much warmer in May 2014 when the peace prize winner Dalai Lama visited Norway and was not allowed to meet the Norwegian authorities.

The then Foreign Minister Børge Brende (H) explained that the government wanted to prevent relations with China from deteriorating further.

– I have always had great respect for Norway. It has ended, Tutu then told NRK.

Here, too, he used strong words and believed that Norwegians on the last day will end up in “a very hot place”.

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