The Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa (UPCSA) Moderator Right Rev. Sipho J Mtetwa, was among those who paid tribute to the late Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, a Nobel Prize Laureate for his anti-apartheid work. In the UPCSA Moderator’s statement, he saluted Archbishop Tutu as a “courageous and fearless leader of the laos (people) in South Africa and the globe, who fought fiercely and relentlessly against apartheid as though each day was his last on earth”.

An epitome of what it meant to “act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8), Rt Rev. Mtetwa said that the late Archbishop stood for justice, peace and reconciliation for the “rainbow nation” of South Africa and the world. “We celebrate his life of integrity and ethical leadership within the Anglican Church, within the ecumenical movement in South Africa and beyond, and within the international community of Christian leaders the world over,” he added.