South Africans from across the political spectrum wished Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu well late on Wednesday following news that he’d been admitted to a Cape Town hospital.
The SABC reported that the 81-year-old was being treated for a “persistent infection” that his family declined to give more information on.
"Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has checked into a Cape Town hospital for the treatment of a persistent infection and to undergo tests to discover the underlying cause," a statement from the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation read.
Tutu reportedly spend Wednesday morning in his office before checking into hospital.
Political parties were quick to respond to the news. “We wish him a speedy recovery and trust that he will soon resume his noble duties in the transformative socio-economic agenda of our country,” the SABC reported Jackson Mthembu as saying.
DA spokesperson Mmusi Maimane also wished him well: “The DA is saddened by news this evening that Desmond Tutu has been hospitalised for a recurring infection. We wish him a speedy recovery.”