South Africa’s retired archbishop and anti-apartheid icon Desmond Tutu was hospitalized in Cape Town on Thursday for “a series of tests”, his office said.
A statement released by his office said the Archbishop was in good spirits after settling into his ward, with the hope to be back home in a few days. The Nobel Peace laureate who turns eighty-seven in ten days, was last admitted to hospital in September 2016 when he underwent minor surgery.
During that year, he was hospitalized four times for a persistent infection that his foundation said was a consequence of the prostate cancer treatment Tutu has been receiving for nearly two decades.
The much-loved former archbishop of Cape Town gained worldwide prominence for his strong opposition to white-minority rule in South Africa. He won the Nobel Peace Price in 1984.