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South Africa concerned as Tutu returns to hospital


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By Olanrewaju Oyedeji, with agency reports


South Africans are expressing concern over news that their notable anti-apartheid icon and archbishop emeritus, Desmond Tutu has been hospitalised with a persistent infection just a week after being discharged following treatment for the same ailment.

“Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has been readmitted to a hospital in Cape Town … He was discharged from hospital last Tuesday, and readmitted this afternoon after expressing renewed discomfort. His doctors considered it prudent for him to return to hospital for observation,” a statement from his Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation had announced.

The foundation said the veteran rights campaigner would undergo bed rest while his doctors determine further treatment, and remain in the hospital at least through the weekend.

Tutu survived an illness believed to be polio as a baby, and battled tuberculosis as a teenager. He has been in and out of hospital for minor complaints since 2011.

Under apartheid, Tutu campaigned against white minority rule during the years that Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, and was awarded the 1984 Nobel peace prize for his work.

Officially retired, he is still outspoken on the world’s injustices, and is widely viewed as South Africa’s moral compass.

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