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Archbishop Tutu & wife Leah receive special award

Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba has presented the couple with the Archbishop’s Award for Peace with Justice.

The Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah were awarded for Peace with Justice for their contribution towards social justice on 22 April 2016. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah have received a special award.

Cape Town Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba presented the couple with the Archbishop's Award for Peace with Justice this morning in Cape Town.

Archbishop Tutu and his wife smiled after they have received one of the highest orders within the Anglican Church.

They have received the Archbishop's Award for Peace with Justice for their contribution toward social justice.

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba says Mama Leah is being honoured for her commitment to fighting injustice and oppression despite the threats to her and her family.

Makgoba says the Arch has been given the award for his extraordinary contributions to the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, to South Africa, Africa and the world.

Tutu says he's humbled after receiving the highest order in the Anglican Church.

Previous recipients of this award include Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and the former Zambian resident Kenneth Kaunda.

Tutu was in high spirits this morning during the special service and after he and his wife received their award.

"Both of us are very humbled. We never expected anything of this kind. It's just as well we have this complexion, otherwise we'd be blushing," he said.

Tutu says he hopes the award encourages those who are already doing good to continue with their efforts.

Makgoba has lauded the couple for their major contribution to the country.