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Tutu discharged from hospital

Cape Town - Retired cleric and anti-apartheid campaigner Archbishop Desmond Tutu was discharged from hospital on Wednesday, after he was re-admitted on Saturday to treat an infection, his family said.

The 84-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner, who has been living with prostate cancer for nearly 20 years, was re-admitted to hospital to treat an infection following surgery this month.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. File picture: Enrico Jacobs. Credit: INDEPENDENT MEDIA

Tutu, who has struggled with ill health in recent years, was admitted to hospital late last month and had surgery to remedy a recurring infection resulting from past treatment for prostate cancer, a statement by his family said without elaborating.

On Tuesday, Tutu's family told a media briefing that he was responding well to a new course of antibiotics, and denied social media reports that the cleric had died.

The former Anglican archbishop of Cape Town often used the pulpit to criticise white-minority rule, which ended in 1994, earning him international acclaim. He retired from public life in 2010 but has been outspoken on political issues.

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