The Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, Njongonkulu Ndungane, has been presented with the annual Peacemaker award from the commission on peace of the episcopal diocese of Washington in the United States (US) for his work to promote peace, justice and reconciliation.
Born in Kokstad in eastern South Africa in 1941, Ndungane spent from 1963-1966 in prison for his involvement in anti-apartheid protests. During this time he decided to enter the church and he was ordained an Anglican priest in the diocese of Cape Town in 1974. Since then he has been heavily involved in fighting poverty, debt in the developing world and HIV/AIDS and has published several works on human rights from a Christian perspective.
The commission for peace was founded by African-American bishop John Walker in 1962 to promote peace in the US and abroad. Desmond Tutu, former archbishop of Cape Town, president of the South African truth and reconciliation commission and champion of human rights, is one of the recipients of the award.