Happy Birthday Message to Archbishop Tutu from President Jacob Zuma
07 October 2011On behalf of the Government and people of the Republic South Africa I would like to wish Archbishop Desmond Tutu a hearty birthday and a long and healthy life as he turns 80 years old today.
Archbishop Tutu has a special place in the hearts of our people for the manner in which he stood up against the apartheid state, speaking out against injustice and oppression.
His campaign for sanctions added greater impetus to that of the liberation movement led by the African National Congress, and kept the spirit of resistance high inside the country.
He has continued to play an important role in our country, and is admired by thousands of our people.
As one of our four Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, we respect him, love him and always welcome his counsel on issues.
Happy Birthday Arch, ukhule njalo!
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Issued by the Presidency