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Tutu discharged from hospital

(FILES) This file photo taken on August 3, 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 was on Wednesday discharged from hospital after spending three weeks receiving treatment for a "recurring infection", his family said. Tutu had been admitted to a Cape Town hospital and last week underwent a "minor surgical procedure" to determine the cause of the infection.  / AFP PHOTO / RODGER BOSCH

(FILES) This file photo taken on August 3, 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.<br />South Africa’s retired archbishop Desmond Tutu was on Wednesday discharged from hospital after spending three weeks receiving treatment for a “recurring infection”, his family said. Tutu had been admitted to a Cape Town hospital and last week underwent a “minor surgical procedure” to determine the cause of the infection. / AFP PHOTO / RODGER BOSCH

South African anti-apartheid leader and Nobel Peace laureate Desmond Tutu was discharged from hospital Wednesday following his re-admission on Saturday, his family said.

Tutu, 84, had returned to hospital in Cape Town as surgical wounds had shown signs of infection after he underwent an operation two weeks ago.

“Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu was discharged from hospital this morning to continue his convalescence at home,” said a family statement.

Tutu has spent time in hospital several times since last year.

One reason for his admission has been an infection resulting from the prostate cancer treatment he has been receiving for nearly 20 years.

On Tuesday, the country’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa described Tutu as “jovial as usual” after visiting him in hospital.

The much-loved and outspoken clergyman is best known for his opposition to South African white-minority rule that ended in 1994.

He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.

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