Tutu recovering after second night in hospital

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba has appealed for prayers for Desmond Tutu’s speedy recovery.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba has appealed for prayers for Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu's speedy recovery.

The 83-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate spent a second night in a Cape Town hospital after he was admitted for a persistent infection.

The Desmond and Leah Tutu foundation did not given any details about the Arch's illness, except to say his treatment is unrelated to cancer.

Tutu previously underwent treatment for a persistent infection two years ago.

He has been living with prostate cancer for the past 15 years.

In a statement, the Makgoba joined many well-wishers, saying he hopes Tutu will be able to go home to his family soon.

Tutu and his wife renewed their wedding vows after 60 years of marriage in two separate ceremonies in Cape Town and Soweto earlier this month.


Struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada said he's optimistic Tutu will make a speedy recovery.

"Once I heard of his illness I was actually very disturbed about it, he's not young anymore. We do know that he'll get the best treatment that is necessary. We wish and pray that he will recover as soon as possible."

In a statement released late on Tuesday, Mpho said the family hoped he would be discharged this week.

The archbishop in December 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.

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

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

Tutu was hospitalised again in 2013 for a persistent infection.

He was in high spirits during his most recent public appearance earlier in July.