Tutu in hospital with persistent infection

Tutu’s daughter Mpho says the family hopes he will be discharged this week.

FILE. Desmond and Leah Tutu mark their 60th wedding anniversary at St George's Cathedral in Cape Town on 2 July 2015. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has been admitted to hospital with a persistent infection.

The 83-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate and his wife Leah celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary earlier this month.

In a statement released late on Tuesday night, Tutu's daughter Mpho is quoted as saying the family hoped he would be discharged this week.

In December last year, the Arch cancelled plans to travel to a meeting of Nobel laureates in Rome because he had started a new course of medication to manage his prostate cancer.

In 1997, Tutu was diagnosed with prostate cancer and underwent treatment in the United States.

In 2011 he was hospitalised for 'minor' elective surgery.

He was hospitalised again in 2013 for a persistent infection.

Tutu was in high spirits during his most recent public appearance earlier this month.

WATCH: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah renewed their vows as part of their 60th wedding anniversary celebrations.

Officially retired, Tutu continues to weighs in on current issues.

He recently criticised government for allowing indicted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir into the country, saying it 'spoke volumes about South Africa's moral fabric' as the Dalai Lama was denied entry three times.