South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has admitted himself to a Cape Town hospital on Wednesday for treatment of a recurring infection, a statement from his family said.
The statement averred that the 84-year-old South African anti-apartheid campaigner is expected to remain in the hospital for one or two weeks, in other to undergo a similar treatment to the recurring infection.
“He is expected to remain in hospital for a week or two. The Archbishop underwent similar treatment last year,” Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe said in a statement.
The 1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner also underwent a series of hospital tests for a persistent infection in 2013.
It is unclear what infection he is suffering from but his family has said it is not related to the prostate cancer he has been living with for nearly 20 years.
Tutu gained global popularity after playing a key role in South Africa’s transition from the apartheid era, including serving as chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission at the direction of then-President Nelson Mandela.
The veteran has remained active with the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation.