Tutu praises wife

The couple celebrated their 57th anniversary in July.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife, Leah, cut their anniversary cake and celebrate 57 years of marriage. Picture:Chanel September/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - After more than five decades together, it seems Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife have mastered the recipe for a long-lasting marriage.

The couple celebrates their 57th anniversary in July.

Tutu, who was speaking at the launch of a new domestic violence initiative, praised his wife for everything she did over the years.

He also used the opportunity to thank her for her support.

Tutu's wife Leah said she is often asked how it feels to be married to a famous man.

"What you should be asking me is how did you make this man famous?"

Tutu married Nomalizo Leah Shenxane on 2 July 1955.

The two met while at college.

They have four children, all of whom attended the Waterford Kamhlaba School in Swaziland.

Tutu is active in the defence of human rights and campaigns for the oppressed, fighting against AIDS, tuberculosis, poverty, racism, sexism and homophobia.