COSATU mourns the passing of Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu


The Congress of South African Trade Unions join millions of people in South Africa and around the world to mourn the passing away of Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu. We send out heartfelt condolences to the Tutu Family and to his friends. 

South Africa has lost a towering figure and a man of principle who became a symbol of peace and reconciliation. 

He fought and outlived the brutal system of apartheid and dedicated his life to reconciling enemies and forge a common nation united in its diversity.

He sacrificed a lot and dedicated his life not just to free and serve his people but to also build a truly united, democratic, non-racial, non-sexist, and prosperous South Africa. 

 He was a principled leader of society whose courage and wisdom were unmatched, and whose love for South Africa and its people knew no bounds. 

The world is poorer without him, and he will remain a beloved hero and a symbol of hope for the oppressed. 

As a nation, we must, on this occasion, intensify our commitment to the cause of justice, equality, and freedom that Archbishop Tutu campaigned for during his entire life. 

Issued by COSATU    

Sizwe Pamla (COSATU National Spokesperson)    

Tel: 011 339 4911
Fax: 011 339 5080
Cell: 060 975 679