Citizen Reporter
4 minute read
26 Dec 2021
12:38 pm

In Pictures: Desmond Tutu – A life well lived

Citizen Reporter

From a sickly child in Klerksdorp, to a world-renowned icon. Here's a look at some of Tutu's most iconic moments.

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - 27 April 2008: Archbishop Desmond Tutu lights the Tibetan Olympic Torch from South African Friends of Tibet's (SAFT) Ubuntu peace torch at SAFT's Freedom day celebrations at the V&A Waterfront. (Photo by Gallo Images/Oryx Media Archive)

Desmond Tutu was born in Klerksdorp in 1932, and would go on to become one of South Africa’s most respected and beloved icons.

Before he was The Arch, he was a teacher. He would eventually enter the priesthood, receiving his training at St Peter’s Priory by the Community of the Resurrection, before becoming an anti-apartheid icon, Nobel Laureate, and South Africa’s moral compass.

After Apartheid ended, Tutu’s fight wasn’t over. He continued to speak truth to power, and would even go on to criticise the ANC government for their excesses and corruption.