Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, on Thursday, fell head-over-heels in love again, and saluted his wife, Leah, who has been at his side for the past 60 years.
The couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary by renewing their wedding vows at a Eucharist service at St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town.
Tutu, the Nobel Laureate, who played a pivotal role in the struggle against Apartheid said the woman he met in Soweto in the 1950s had played a pivotal role in his career.
After renewing their vows at the ceremony attended by Njongkulu Ndugane, who succeeded him as Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, Rev. Barney Pityana, and the cathedral’s pastor, Rev. Michael Weeder, among others, the couple danced to marimba music performed in the cathedral.
The couple would attend another service in their honour in Soweto on Saturday.
Thabo Makgoba, the current Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, who was unable to attend, described Tutu as a channel of God’s richest blessings.
Tutu, who was now retired, received many laurels.
They includes the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1986, the Pacem in Terris Award in 1987, the Sydney Peace Prize in 1999, the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2007 a South Africa Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.
The 83 years old Tutu is one year older than his wife and they have four children and seven grandchildren.