Former United States President Barack Obama has joined millions of people across the world in paying tribute to the late South African apartheid hero Archbishop Desmond Tutu who died on Sunday 26th December, stating that he was grounded in the struggle for liberation and justice in his own country.
Mr Obama said: “Archbishop Tutu was grounded in the struggle for liberation and justice in his own country, but also concerned with injustice everywhere.”
“He never lost his impish sense of humour and willingness to find humanity in his adversaries, and Michelle and I will miss him dearly.”
President of South Africa Ramaphosa described the Archbishop “an iconic spiritual leader, anti-apartheid activist and global human rights campaigner.” He added that he 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 his compassion for those who had suffered oppression, injustice and violence under apartheid, and oppressed and downtrodden people around the world.”