South African anti-apartheid icon Desmond Tutu, described as the country’s moral compass, died Sunday at the age of 90, President Cyril Ramaphosa said.
“The death of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is another chapter of mourning in our nation’s farewell to a generation of exceptional South Africans who left us a liberated South Africa,” he said in a statement .
A tireless activist, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for fighting white minority domination in his country.
Famous for his outspokenness, even after the fall of the racist apartheid regime, Tutu has never shied away from facing South Africa’s shortcomings or injustices.
It was Tutu who coined and popularized the term “Rainbow Nation” to describe South Africa when Nelson Mandela became the country’s first black president.
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