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South Africa’s Tutu undergoes ‘successful’ surgery

(FILES) This file photo taken on August 03, 2016 shows  South African anti-apartheid activist and Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu arriving to cast his vote in the South African local government elections at Milnerton High School in Cape Town.  South Africa's retired archbishop Desmond Tutu will this week undergo minor surgery to fix an undisclosed but persistent infection, his family said on September 6, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / RODGER BOSCH

(FILES) This file photo taken on August 03, 2016 shows<br />South African anti-apartheid activist and Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu arriving to cast his vote in the South African local government elections at Milnerton High School in Cape Town.<br />South Africa’s retired archbishop Desmond Tutu will this week undergo minor surgery to fix an undisclosed but persistent infection, his family said on September 6, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / RODGER BOSCH

South Africa’s retired archbishop Desmond Tutu successfully underwent minor surgery to fix nagging infections that have kept him in hospital for two weeks, his wife said.

The “surgery this afternoon was successful and he was in good spirits”, Leah Tutu said in a statement.

Doctors conducted the procedure to “address the cause of recurring infections he has battled since mid-2015”, the family said in a statement.

The 84-year-old Nobel Peace laureate admitted himself to a Cape Town hospital on August 24 for treatment to control the infection.

He was hospitalised three times in 2015 over a persistent infection that his foundation — the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation — said was a result of the prostate cancer treatment he has been receiving for nearly 20 years.

The popular former archbishop of Cape Town, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, gaining worldwide prominence for his strong opposition to South Africa’s apartheid regime.

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