Tutu to spend 2 more weeks in hospital

The Desmond and Leah Tutu Foundation say the Arch is receiving a new course of antibiotics.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi paid a spacial visit to Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu at a Cape Town hospital. Picture: Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation/Oryx Media.

CAPE TOWN - Archbishop Emeritus, Desmond Tutu is to spend the next two weeks in hospital.

In a statement, the Desmond and Leah Tutu Foundation said the world renowned anti-apartheid cleric is receiving a new course of antibiotics.

He's said to be in good spirits and not in any pain.

Tutu was re-admitted earlier this week to a Cape Town hospital.

His family briefed the media on Tuesday to reveal he has again been admitted to hospital.

This time Tutu is being treated for inflammation.

It's his third stint in hospital in recent weeks.

Tutu's daughter, Mpho said, "My mom would much prefer to have him at home so that she can feed him with his favourite foods but she's making the trip back and forth to the hospital."

Mpho said family members are concerned about her father's condition.

"We are of course concerned, but that's concern, not panic about his well-being."

Tutu said although doctors have told them her father remains strong, he's taking longer to recover every time an illness hits him.

"The series of treatments that he has had over the years have also had an impact on the elasticity of his body and his ability to come back from an illness."

The Arch is expected to remain in hospital for at least a few days.

On the previous two occasions he was treated for a persistent infection.

Mpho said her father's current treatment has nothing to do with the prostate cancer he's been battling over the last few years.