- South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has joined many social media users in sending a sweet message to Archbishop Desmond Tutu
- Tutu was born on this day, 7 October, 1931, in the North West province and he is receiving heartwarming messages from all corners of the globe
- The Cape Town-based human rights activist is hailed by the head of state as a man who reminds the nation to have compassion
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President Cyril Ramaphosa has joined scores of South African and global social media users in wishing Archbishop Desmond Tutu a happy birthday. The veteran church leader is turning 90 on Thursday and many people are wishing the old man a blessed day.
Tutu is recognised for his efforts in ensuring Mzansi had a smooth transition from apartheid into democracy. The veteran human rights activist is now based in Cape Town and he is receiving all the heartwarming messages from people all over the world.
Ramaphosa also headed online to share his inspiring message to the senior citizen who was awarded a Nobel Peace Price in 1984 for his efforts towards peace. The online community is also joining public figures in wishing the old man, @TheDesmondTutu, a blessed day.
President Cyril Ramaphosa hails Bishop Desmond Tutu's activism role
Ramaphosa also shared his message to Archbishop Emeritus and says they extend their congratulations to the senior citizen. Ramaphosa posted on social media:
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“We extend our warmest congratulations to Archbishop #DesmondTutu who celebrates his 90th birthday today. You continue to remind us that fellowship, solidarity, charity & compassion for the vulnerable are values common to us all, and we should strive to live by them each day.
"We are further reminded that taking up the struggle for equality and social justice is not the responsibility of only government, civil society organisations or the clergy, but of us all.”
The post reads:
“Happy birthday Bishop.”
“Happy birthday to Archbishop Tutu. We miss him in the public space but we respect his decision to stay indoors on reasons known to the public as he announced.”
“Happy birthday to you Archbishop. May your day, and the next days and years to come be peaceful, happy, content, blessed, pleasant and enjoyable till you meet your Creator. Some of us will never forget your contribution to the struggle for the liberation of South Africans.”
“Happy birthday mkhulu.”
“Happy his birthday. Wishing him well and many more prosperous years ahead. May divine health and be his portion at all times.”
“Happy Blessed 90th Birthday to you Grandpa.”
“Happy birthday Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu.”
“Mkhulu wethu”: Mzansi celebrates Bishop Desmond Tutu’s 90th birthday
Tutu was born on this day back in 1931. From politicians such as President Cyril Ramaphosa to advocates in the form of Thuli Madonsela, many people are sharing their messages.
According to News24, the Desmond Tutu Trust Foundation released a statement that the old man will celebrate his birthday with family and close relatives. The foundation explained that close family members travelled from overseas, including his daughters.
Source: Briefly News