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Retired archbishop Desmond Tutu in South African hospital for a "stubborn infection"

  • FILE - In this Saturday, July 4, 2015 file photo  retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, centre, breaks into dance after renewing his wedding vows to his wife of 60 years, Leah, right, during a service in Soweto, Johannesburg. Tutu will spend a second night in a Cape Town hospital, Wednesday July 15, 2015, as he continues to receive treatment for a persistent infection. (AP Photo/File)

    FILE - In this Saturday, July 4, 2015 file photo retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, centre, breaks into dance after renewing his wedding vows to his wife of 60 years, Leah, right, during a service in Soweto, Johannesburg. Tutu will spend a second night in a Cape Town hospital, Wednesday July 15, 2015, as he continues to receive treatment for a persistent infection. (AP Photo/File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Daughter of South Africa's archbishop Desmond Tutu, Reverend Mpho Tutu, speak to media during a press briefing in  Cape Town, South Africa,  Thursday, July 17, 2015. It is time for 83-year old retired archbishop Desmond Tutu to begin saying no to public events and causes, his daughter said Thursday, after the Nobel laureate was hospitalized for a persistent infection. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

    Daughter of South Africa's archbishop Desmond Tutu, Reverend Mpho Tutu, speak to media during a press briefing in Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, July 17, 2015. It is time for 83-year old retired archbishop Desmond Tutu to begin saying no to public events and causes, his daughter said Thursday, after the Nobel laureate was hospitalized for a persistent infection. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)  (The Associated Press)

  • Daughter of South Africa's archbishop Desmond Tutu, Reverend Mpho Tutu, speak to media during a press briefing in  Cape Town, South Africa,  Thursday, July 17, 2015. It is time for 83-year old retired archbishop Desmond Tutu to begin saying no to public events and causes, his daughter said Thursday, after the Nobel laureate was hospitalized for a persistent infection. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

    Daughter of South Africa's archbishop Desmond Tutu, Reverend Mpho Tutu, speak to media during a press briefing in Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, July 17, 2015. It is time for 83-year old retired archbishop Desmond Tutu to begin saying no to public events and causes, his daughter said Thursday, after the Nobel laureate was hospitalized for a persistent infection. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)  (The Associated Press)

A South African foundation says retired archbishop Desmond Tutu is receiving an intensive course of antibiotics to treat a "stubborn infection."

The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, named after the anti-apartheid activist and his wife, said Thursday in a statement that Tutu's daughter Mpho would give an update on her father's health in a planned press briefing.

Tutu, 83, was admitted to a Cape Town hospital on Tuesday. At that time Mpho Tutu said their family hoped the Nobel Peace Prize laureate would be able to return home in a "day or two."

Tutu has been treated for prostate cancer for many years.

He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for campaigning against apartheid.