Thabo Mbeki pays Tutu a visit in hospital

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu was re-admitted to hospital on Tuesday after complaining of discomfort.

FILE: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Former President Thabo Mbeki has paid a visit to Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu at a Cape Town hospital.

The Arch was re-admitted on Tuesday after complaining of discomfort.

He had been discharged a week prior after an intense course of antibiotics for a persistent infection.

Tutu is expected to stay in hospital until the weekend.

His family have confirmed his current condition is not related to the prostate cancer he's been battling for more than a decade.

On Wednesday, President Jacob Zuma asked the nation to keep Archbishop Tutu in their prayers.

In a statement on behalf of the president Harold Maloka said, "President Jacob Zuma has wished Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu a speedy recovery and calls on the nation to keep the bishop and his family in our thoughts and prayers during this time."

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.