Birthday Wishes Pour In For Archbishop Desmond Tutu As He Turns 89

Birthday wishes have poured in for South Africa’s living legend Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, who celebrates his 89th birthday today.

The SA Government News site said “Happy Birthday Arch!” with a special message from President Cyril Ramaphosa, extending his warmest congratulations. “I wish Archbishop Tutu a very happy birthday in the company of Mama Leah, the family and colleagues in the Desmond and Leah Tutu Foundation,” said the President on Wednesday.

SA endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh, who just yesterday was appointed Ambassador to the prestigious Royal Commonwealth Society, posted fabulous photos on the beach of himself and the Archbishop.

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Lewis Pugh on the beach with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Photo: FB/Lewis Pugh

Pugh said: “A very happy birthday to Archbishop Desmond Tutu – 89 today! 💕🎈🎂 Sorry my hands were cold ☺️”


South Africa’s President described Archbishop Tutu as a national treasure and global icon of moral consistency, spiritual virtue and the defence of the most vulnerable people not only in South Africa, but also around the world.

“Today we are united in celebrating the passing of another year in which we have benefited from the Archbishop’s wisdom, the bravery of his conviction in fighting for human rights, the warmth of his love for all South Africans and his care for humanity,” said Ramaphosa.

Sources – Lewis Pugh and SAnews.gov.za