Anti-apartheid hero Archbishop Desmond Tutu dies aged 90

1984 Nobel Peace prize laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu has passed away at the aged 90.

His death comes weeks after the demise of former South African president, FW de Klerk, who died at the age of 85.

He helped end apartheid in South Africa by been a driving forces behind the movement to end the policy of racial segregation and discrimination.

President Ramaphosa paid tribute to the anti-apartheid icon “an iconic spiritual leader, anti-apartheid activist and global human rights campaigner”.

He described him as “a patriot without equal; a leader of principle and pragmatism who gave meaning to the biblical insight that faith without works is dead.

“A man of extraordinary intellect, integrity and invincibility against the forces of apartheid, he was also tender and vulnerable in his compassion for those who had suffered oppression, injustice and violence under apartheid, and oppressed and downtrodden people around the world.”

A contemporary of Nelson Mandela, he help fight policies enforced by the white minority government against the black majority in South Africa from 1948 until 1991.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation payed tributes by saying Tutu’s “contributions to struggles against injustice, locally and globally, are matched only by the depth of his thinking about the making of liberatory futures for human societies.

“He was an extraordinary human being. A thinker. A leader. A shepherd.”

Former US president Barack Obama described him as a mentor and a “moral compass”.