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1931 – 1945

Hope is Born

Born in Klerksdorp on 07 October 1931 to Zacahriah Tutu and Aletta Mathlare, the Arch is one of 4 children.

Desmond Mpilo Tutu (fondly known as the “Arch”) was born in the small town of Klerksdorp, in the North West Province of South Africa. Second son to school headmaster, Zacahriah Zelilo Tutu and mother, Aletta Mathlare.

Though baptised as Methodist, it was through his sister Sylvia’s lead into the African Methodical Episcopal Church that the family entire family finally became Anglicans in 1943.

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