South Africa’s Tutu back home after two weeks in hospital

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South African anti-apartheid icon Desmond Tutu, 87, has returned home after a two-week stay in hospital, his office said Friday, adding he was “re-gathering his strength”.

The retired archbishop, who celebrated his birthday last Sunday, has had several stays in hospital in recent years and is in long-term treatment for prostate cancer.

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His foundation “wishes to thank all who have sent messages and prayers, including on social media, for the Arch’s swift return to his feet,” it said.

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The Nobel Peace laureate was taken to hospital in Cape Town on September 27 for tests. No further updates about his health were released.

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He was hospitalised four times in 2016 and underwent minor surgery for a persistent infection linked to the prostate cancer treatment he has received for nearly two decades.

The much-loved former archbishop of Cape Town gained worldwide prominence for his strong opposition to apartheid white-minority rule in South Africa.

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He won the Nobel Peace Price in 1984.

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Tutu has retired from public life but last month issued a statement confirming his support for the “right to die” after a South African campaigner was charged with murder over the assisted suicide of a quadriplegic man.

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