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Archbishop Desmond Tutu admitted to hospital

Desmond Tutu
Desmond Tutu

Retired archbishop Desmond Tutu has been admitted to a Cape Town hospital due to a persistent infection.

A South African foundation, which is named after 83-year-old Mr Tutu and his wife Leah, quoted their daughter Mpho as saying the family hopes the Nobel Peace Prize laureate will be able to return home in a "day or two".

Mr Tutu has been treated for prostate cancer for many years. He announced his retirement from public life in 2011 but has still travelled widely and made public appearances.

The archbishop, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for campaigning against apartheid, renewed his wedding vows with Leah earlier this month after 60 years of marriage.