- Today, 7 October marks the 89th birthday of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu
- President Cyril Ramaphosa took to his Twitter to share two tweets about "the Arch" and to wish him a happy birthday
- Many other South African took to social media to share their messages with Tutu on his special day
Today marks the 89th birthday of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. President Cyril Ramaphosa took to Twitter to share his well wishes with Tutu. The president said that the country has benefited from Tutu's wisdom, bravery, love and care.
Ramaphosa shared two images of him holding hands with the Nobel Peace Laureate. In a second tweet, the President said that Tutu is a "national treasure" and "global icon" before wishing him a happy birthday.
Many other South Africans have also taken to social media to wish the anti-apartheid campaigner well today. Social media is abuzz with messages of gratitude and love for "the Arch", as he is affectionately known.
Take a look at President Ramaphosa's tweets below:
These are some birthday messages from tweeps:
"Happy birthday "The Arch," Archbishop Desmond Tutu... An unwavering "Moral Compass" especially in times of change and turmoil."
"Happy birthday to the Arch. Have a blessed day. I recall the interview I had with the Arch in Feb 1994 when he said he’ll be the conscience of Government. Keep up the good fight!"
"Happy Birthday to the Arch. SA loves you! Moral consistency and a role model. #DesmondTutu."
Previously, Briefly.co.za reported on the day Desmond Tutu was ordained as Archbishop of Cape Town. Many years ago, Mpilo Desmond Tutu was ordained to become the Archbishop of Cape Town. Before this, Arch - as we have now lovingly come to know him - served as the secretary-general of the South African Council of Churches.
Tutu started as a teacher but left the profession when the Bantu Education Act of 1953 was implemented. According to Tutu, the act was degrading. In 1960 he was ordained as a deacon and by 1961 a priest, he soon went on to become the first black man to be at the head of the Anglican church.
Tutu was born of mixed Xhosa and Motswana heritage to a poor family in Klerksdorp, South Africa. Entering adulthood, he married Nomalizo Leah Tutu, with whom he had several children.
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