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Tutu's family thanks SA for support

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is being treated for a persistent infection in Cape Town.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is being treated for a persistent infection in Cape Town. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - As Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu remains in hospital for further observation, his family has thanked the nation for its support over the past two weeks.

The 83-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate underwent a medical procedure to determine the status of an infection which has seen him hospitalised twice in less than two weeks.

He is being treated for a persistent infection at an undisclosed Cape Town hospital after being admitted again last week.

A number of prominent South Africans, including former President Thabo Mbeki and Cape Town Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, have visited the ailing Tutu in hospital.

His daughter Reverend Mpho Tutu says her family has been touched by the support from South Africans, African states and nations abroad.

Tutu also mentioned President Jacob Zuma, who appealed to the nation to pray for the Arch's speedy recovery.

At the moment, doctors are pleased with Tutu's recovery.

He will remain under observation in hospital for a few more days and it's not yet clear when he will be discharged.