Well wishes continue to pour in for Desmond Tutu

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters says she hopes the Arch will soon be back on his feet.

FILE: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - As Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu spends a third day in hospital, wishes for his recovery continued to pour in on Friday.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said she hoped the Arch would be back on his feet soon.

The 83-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate was hospitalised earlier this week to receive treatment for a 'persistent infection'.

On Thursday his daughter, Reverend Mpho Tutu, told reporters her father was responding well to treatment and was in good spirits.

The minister's spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi said, "The minister wishes the Archbishop a speedy recovery from hospital. We are pleased with the news that he is responding well to the treatment that he is receiving."

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On Thursday, President Jacob Zuma joined other South Africans in wishing Tutu a speedy recovery.

Zuma asked South Africans to keep him in their thoughts and prayers.

Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba also offered words of support.

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

On Wednesday, Rivonia trialist Ahmed Kathrada said he was optimistic Tutu would make a speedy recovery.

Kathrada also sent his well wishes to the 83-year-old.

"We wish and pray that he will recover as soon as possible."

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

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