Nicola Sturgeon has paid an emotional tribute to Archbishop Desmond Tutu following his death aged 90.
Announcing the death, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said it was “another chapter of bereavement in our nation’s farewell to a generation of outstanding South Africans who have bequeathed us a liberated South Africa”.
He was among the best-known figures to oppose apartheid, along with Nelson Mandela.
Throughout his life Tutu was a tireless campaigner for human rights, continuing his work long after South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994.
In the wake of his death, tributes from all over the world have flooded social media for the ‘heroic’ Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Such sad news this morning…but his was a life that made the world a better place. Rest in peace, Archbishop Desmond Tutu.”
Labour leader Keir Starmer wrote on Twitter: “Desmond Tutu was a tower of a man, and a leader of moral activism. He dedicated his life to tackling injustice and standing up for the oppressed.
“His impact on the world crosses borders and echoes through generations. May he rest in peace.”
Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care Humza Yousaf hailed Tutu as a ‘giant of the anti- Apartheid movement’.
He wrote: “Such sad news to wake up to this morning, but also the opportunity to celebrate the life of an incredible man. A giant of the anti-Apartheid movement.
“A global moral compass on so many issues, much needed in the times we live in. Rest in peace and power #DesmondTutu”
While, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said: “Saddened to hear of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s death. He was a driving force behind ending apartheid in South Africa and a worthy winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
“My thoughts are with the people of South Africa.”
Scots MSP Maree Todd, the Minister for Public Health, Women’s Health and Sport, wrote: “Sad news to waken to – a giant of our time. RIP Desmond Tutu.”
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby described the late Tutu as a ‘prophet’.
He said: “Archbishop Desmond Tutu was a prophet and priest, a man of words and action – one who embodied the hope and joy that were the foundations of his life. Even in our profound sorrow we give thanks for a life so well lived. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.”
Richard Branson shared his tribute to a ‘dear friend’, writing: “I’m so sad that Archbishop Tutu has passed away – the world has lost a giant. He was a brave leader, a mischievous delight, a profound thinker, and a dear friend.”
Piers Morgan took to Twitter with: “RIP Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 90.
“A magnificently charismatic & heroic figure who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his relentless campaign against Apartheid in South Africa. Love his quote: ‘If you want peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies’.”
Strictly Come Dancing’s Motsi Mabusep also paid tribute, writing: “Forgiving is not forgetting; its actually remembering–remembering and not using your right to hit back. Its a second chance for a new beginning.
“And the remembering part is particularly important. Especially if you don’t want to repeat what happened. R.I.P Desmond Tutu.”
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“Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu was a guiding light for countless people globally. His emphasis on human dignity and equality will be forever remembered.
“I am deeply saddened by his demise, and extend my heartfelt condolences to all his admirers. May his soul rest in peace”, wrote Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi.