The world should take many lessons from the life the late Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu lived.
This is according to United Nations South Africa Resident Coordinator, Nardos Bekele-Thomas.
Sharing a condolence message on behalf of the country mission – she described him as the greatest teacher on compassion and kindness.
Tutu passed away yesterday morning in Cape Town aged 90. He will be laid to rest on Saturday.
Tributes continue to pour in from all over the globe from the late anti-apartheid icon.
In her condolence message, Nardos Bekele-Thomas recalls Tutu’s address at the United Nations Special Political Committee Against apartheid in 1985.
The Archbishop made an impassioned call for the global community to unite against the apartheid system.
Tutu is described as more than a spiritual leader – someone who value and upheld human rights and calling out the injustices around the world.
Bekele-Thomas says his integrity was unwavering and will be remembered for living with the courage of his convictions.
Memorials for the late Arch are expected to take place this week.
Meanwhile, numerous public and political figures have visited the home of the late Archbishop at Milnerton in Cape Town to convey their condolences to the family.
President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to visit the family later on Monday.
Cape Town Mayor, Geordin Hill-Lewis, visited the family.
“It was very touching to be able to share some kind words and a short prayer with mama Leah and the rest of the family. And just to convey my condolences and love. I know I speak for our whole city when I conveyed those condolences.”
“There is this deep sense of loss but also the sense of feeling privileged to have had this remarkable man living here in our city for many years and teaching us so much about life and what is good through his own life,” explains Hill-Lewis.
In the video below, SABC News journalist Mariska Botha reports from outside Tutu’s residence: