Cape Town - He might have looked somewhat fragile, but his signature laugh was undiminished when Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu stepped out on the town on Friday morning, after being discharged from hospital on Monday.

The popular “Arch” stopped pedestrian traffic in St George’s Mall in the city centre, as he enjoyed breakfast at a local eatery with a group of theology students from Stellenbosch University.

Asked how he was, Tutu, who turned 81 in October, would say only that he was out of hospital and on the mend. As he left the eatery, he was assisted by Father Richard Cogill from St George’s Cathedral.

Reports earlier this week were that Tutu was discharged from hospital after a “persistent infection” was successfully treated. The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation said a battery of tests were conducted to determine the underlying cause of the infection, “and its persistency uncovered no new malignancy”.

Weekend Argus