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South African anti-apartheid campaigner Archbishop Tutu during hospital

Nobel Peace Prize laureate and veteran of South Africa’s anti-apartheid fight Desmond Tutu was admitted to hospital for treating an illness, his office said on Wednesday.

“The Archbishop was hospitalized many times over the last couple of years for treatment using a similar illness,” that the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation said in a statement, without providing additional detail.

The 88-year-old, who like Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town used the pulpit to discriminate from the injustices of white minority rule throughout the apartheid era, has battled prostate cancer for decades and has largely withdrawn from public life.

Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 due to his Travels resistance to the apartheid regime in South Africa.