Tutu family thanks doctors for 'incredible' work

The Tutu family says they're grateful for all the support and well wishes from around the world.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu enjoys his 60th wedding anniversary celebrations at St George's Cathedral in Cape Town on 2 July 2015. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu will have to scale back on his public appearances.

He was discharged from a Cape Town hospital yesterday where he was treated for a persistent infection which was not related to his battle with prostate cancer.

His daughter Mpho says he's doing much better and had thanked all the medical teams that attended to her father.

"We'd love to thank the dream team of doctors who attended to him. They've been truly amazing and incredibly generous. God bless."

Tutu says her father has been told to take it easy following his stint in hospital.

"We're so thrilled that the doctors discharged him and as long as he behaves, stays in bed and rests, he should be fully recovered in the next couple of weeks."

Tutu was admitted to hospital after he did not respond to initial oral antibiotics.

Last week, Mpho said her father's age and ailing health had forced him to scale down on public appearances.

She says the 83-year-old anti-apartheid icon is now looking forward to spending quality time with his wife and watching more cricket.

Tutu retired from public life in 2010, but has kept speaking out on a range of issues, from Israel's Palestinian policies, to corruption among South Africa's political elite.