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South Africa's first black Anglican archbishop Tutu and Leah, his 66-year-old wife.

South Africa celebrates Desmond <a class=Tutu's 90th birthday"/>Tutu, who has long spoken out against injustice, was named South Africa's first black Anglican archbishop at a special thanksgiving ceremony at St George's Cathedral in Cape Town.

A performance of "Happy Birthday" started the service.

Tutu waved from a wheelchair, appearing well and wearing his characteristic purple shirt and white collar under a black suit.

He sat close to Leah, hDuring the low-key hour-long funeral, Boesak said Tutu had frequently called the apartheid regime "evil" and warned that it will "very soon bite the dust... ignominiously."

Presidents, individuals, and organizations from all over the world have sent their respects to the respected anti-apartheid hero.July 10, 1985: Tutu speaking at the funerals of four young anti-apartheid activists killed by hand grenades

Tutu has been hailed by President Cyril Ramaphosa as a "warrior in the cause of human rights, equality, and social justice" for the 59 years since his ordination.is 66-year-old wife.

"I was impressed by his personal dedication to defending human rights and always standing out for what is right," stated US President Joe Biden.

"Archbishop Tutu's message of justice, equality, and reconciliation has continued to inspire the globe," Biden said in a statement.

Tutu, a relentless campaigner, has recently chastised the ruling African National Congress (ANC), which was at the forefront of the battle against white minority rule, for cronyism and nepotism after apartheid ended in 1994.

The archbishop planned to spend the day with his daughters Naomi and Mpho, as well as his grandkids and great-grandchildren, at his house.The line-up of speakers at his birthday is a reminder of Tutu's values, surrounding himself with rights advocates

The Dalai Lama, former UN rights head Mary Robinson, Mandela's widow and activist Graca Machel, and South Africa's ex-ombudswoman Thuli Madonsela, who is internationally recognized for her exposing of corruption, will deliver online remarks at the end of the day.

The speaker lineup serves as a reminder of Tutu's ideals, as he surrounds himself with human rights activists at a time when South Africa is frequently associated with graft and politicians who live opulent lives.


Tutu "was so fed up with today's democratic government," his successor, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, said AFP.

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