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False rumours of Tutu’s passing resurface


The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation has condemned the hoax.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Picture: Reuters

SOCIAL media tweets are once again circulating claims of the passing of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, however, The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation has confirmed that he is very much still alive and has condemned the “fake news”.

This comes after the world showered the Archbishop with love and appreciation earlier this month on his 90th birthday.

@nichedley apologised for twetting that the Arch had died. Twitter

On Twitter, @nichedley tweeted: “Huge apologies, I thought this account @bishopSMoreo was legit. It tweeted that tutu had died and an official statement would follow. If there’s nothing official, it could very well be untrue. Apologies.”

In another response to this, @nongwenyakazi tweeted: “Its a sickness , this need to be seen as first to know , first to report . Even retweet from fake accounts.”

The foundation said in a statement that it condemns the false, irresponsible and mischievous news that has circulated about its founder.

“Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is alive and well, the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation has announced categorically. This was after the Archbishop’s so-called passing was falsely reported via a fake Twitter account purporting to be that of Bishop Steven Moreo, Anglican Bishop of Johannesburg. This false account has been reported to Twitter,” the foundation said.

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