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“A true South African giant”: tributes to Desmond Tutu, a force for harmony

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The Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader who befriended Archbishop Tutu, recalled the “spiritual bond” they shared.

“He was a true humanitarian and a committed human rights defender,” he wrote in a letter to Archbishop Tutu’s daughter, Mpho Tutu van Furth. He added: “I am convinced that the best tribute we can pay him and keep his spirit alive is to do as he has and to constantly seek to see how we too can help others.”

Many have underlined its unity, harmony and service to democracy in their tributes.

“It is extremely painful to witness the death of Bishop Archbishop Desmond Tutu”, Thuli Madonsela, a former public protector of South Africa, wrote on Twitter. “He was one of the best of us. He brought light to darkness and lightness to heaviness.

John Steenhuisen, the leader of the Democratic Alliance, the South African opposition party, tweeted: “A true South African giant has passed away, but his spirit will live on in the daily kindness that we South Africans show to each other, and in our continued efforts to build a united, successful, non-racial SA for all.

Other leaders and officials outside South Africa also expressed their condolences.

“His adage: ‘Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument’, has never been more appropriate” Dominique raab, wrote the British Deputy Prime Minister on Twitter.

“An icon has rested” Ngilu Charity, a Kenyan lawmaker who became the first woman to run for president in 1997, tweeted. “The story of democracy cannot be told without mentioning its contribution. Rest with the angels man of God.


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