President Zuma sends message of support to Tutu
Zuma has joined other South Africans in wishing Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu a speedy recovery.
CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma has joined other South Africans in wishing Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu a speedy recovery.
The 83-year-old Nobel Peace Laureate was admitted to a Cape Town hospital earlier this week with a "persistent infection".
His daughter has confirmed his hospitalisation if not linked to the prostate cancer he has been living with for more than a decade.
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.
Zuma has asked South Africans to keep Tutu in their thought and prayers. Earlier Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba also offered words of support.
In a statement, the Makgoba joined many well-wishers, saying he hopes Tutu will be able to go home to his family soon.
He hopes the anti-apartheid icon will be able go home to his family soon.
Tutu previously underwent treatment for a persistent infection two years ago.
He has been living with prostate cancer for the past 15 years.
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.
Rivonia Trialist Ahmed Kathrada said he too is praying for the Arch.
"We wish and pray that he will recover as soon as possible because we need him, the country needs him."
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.