Desmond Tutu announces retirement

South African Nobel Laureate will resign from public life

Desmond Tutu, known as one of the foremost foes of apartheid and who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his non-violent struggle, announced that he is retiring from public life on October 7th, his 79th birthday. “I have done as much as I can and need time to do things I have really wanted to do,” he told a press conference at St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town. “The time has now come to slow down, to sip Rooibos tea with my beloved wife in the afternoons, to watch cricket, to travel to visit my children and grandchildren, rather than to conferences and conventions and university campuses.”

National Post

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