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Funeral of Desmond Tutu: South Africa says goodbye to the committed archbishop


Archbishop Desmond Tutu, winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize and figure in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, who died at the age of 90 last Sunday, is buried this Saturday, January 1. A ceremony that promises to be sober, as he had wished.

Time has stood still in South Africa since the news of the disappearance of one of its greatest defenders.

Flags in half, global tributes from his friends such as the Dalai Lama, the Reverend Franck Chikane alongside whom he fought apartheid, including Pope Francis, Desmond Tutu promises to be unanimously celebrated.

Yesterday already, South Africans came in large numbers to his light pine coffin, to start saying goodbye to the Archbishop whose “outspokenness” and “humor” were recognized by all, and who led a series of political and social struggles throughout his life.

His last will

The Anglican Archbishop will be cremated, as his will provided for, and his ashes will be buried in St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town, which he directed for ten years until 1996.

With the Covid-19 pandemic currently affecting all countries in the world, only a hundred people will however be distributed in the church to follow the religious tribute, which at the same time will be official.

In his last wishes, the prelate had refused large expenses concerning his funeral, and had also asked that the military tribute be limited to a delivery of the South African flag, for his widow Nomalizo Leah Tutu, with whom he had been married for sixty -six years old, and who gave him four children.