Desmond Tutu in hospital for treatment for infection

Archbishop Desmond Tutu Credit: Benny Gool

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 81, has been admitted to a hospital in South Africa for treatment and tests related to an ongoing infection.

"Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has checked into a Cape Town hospital for the treatment of a persistent infection and to undergo tests to discover the underlying cause.

"He was in good spirits and full of praise for the care he receives from an exceptional team of doctors. The non-surgical treatment is expected to take five days," his foundation said in a statement.