Stoltenberg: Tutu changed South Africa and the world

Desmond Tutu - Jens StoltenbergPhoto: Bjørn Sigurdsøn / NTB

Desmond Tutu radiated joy and strength that inspired people all over the world, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said on Sunday.

“Desmond Tutu changed South Africa, and with it, the whole world. He showed great courage in his unwavering belief in justice and equality, peace, and reconciliation,” Stoltenberg told the newspaper VG.

“I had the pleasure of meeting him in various contexts, and he always radiated his own joy and strength that inspired people all over the world,” he added.

Anti-apartheid activist, church leader, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu died on Christmas Day.


Tutu became world-famous in the 1980s because of his opposition to apartheid. He fought for human rights in South Africa since the ’70s. 

The Archbishop led the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which systematically reviewed crimes committed under the apartheid regime. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.

In recent years, he criticized Jacob Zuma’s government.

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