Archbishop Desmond Tutu will 'be home in a day or two' after hospital treatment, says daughter

The 83 year old Archbishop, who has won a Nobel Peace Prize, is being treated for a persistent infection

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Desmond Tutu's daughter says the former Archbishop of Cape Town will be home again in "a day or two", after being admitted to hospital.

Archbishop Tutu is staying in a hospital in Cape Town, where he is being treated for a “persistent infection.”

The Archbishop, who rose to notoriety fighting apartheid in the 1970s, has retired from public life, although he continues to be an iconic figure around the world for his work with the United Nations, the Catholic Church, and in peace movements. 

The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, a charity based in South Africa, released a short statement, in which his daughter, the Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu, said she hopes Tutu will be home again in the near future.

Desmond Tutu with Nelson Mandela in May 2004

Details of the Archbishop's condition remain unclear, although well wishers have been heading online to wish him a speedy recovery.

The 83-year-old was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1997, subsequently becoming a patron on the South African Prostate Cancer Foundation.

As a baby, Archbishop Tutu survived and illness thought to be polio, and in his teenage years battled tuberculosis.

Although he retired from public life in 2011, making the announcement on the day he turned 79, he continues to travel and make occasional public appearances.