Cape Town – Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu was no longer receiving intensive antibiotic treatment and was in good spirits, but would remain in hospital, his daughter said on Monday.

The statement said that he returned home wearing a dressing gown with the words “Feet Up Arch” on the back – underlining the message that the 83-year-old needs to take a break. Tutu was “filled with gratitude for the care he was receiving and for the love and prayers of friends around the world”, she said in the statement.

“They have been fantastic and we’ll be doing our best not to disappoint them“, Tutu’s daughter Mpho said.

Tutu retired from public life in 2010, but has kept speaking out in a wide range of issues, from Israel’s Palestinian policies to corruption among South Africa’s political elite.

He looked forward to spending quality time with his family and watching a little cricket. The treatment was not related to the prostate cancer that Tutu had been managing for the past 18 years, according to Canon Tutu. His most recent public appearance was earlier this month when the couple renewed their vows after 60 years of marriage in ceremonies in Cape Town and Johannesburg.