The late Archbishop Desmond Tutu is to be buried in Cape Town this Saturday.
On Sunday, December 26th, Mzansi was hit with the news of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s passing. Social media has since been flooded with tributes to the Anti-apartheid movement leader. The President, Cyril Ramaphosa shared a statement in honour of his time and how much change he brought about in the country.
Tutu’s family also confirmed his death saying he died at the age of 90 in a frail-care centre that Sunday. More information has been shared revealing the plans for his funeral. The Archbishop Desmond Tutu IP Trust and the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation confirmed in a statement, that there will be early plans for a week of mourning in his honour.
The week of mourning will lead up to the funeral service at St George’s Cathedral in the Mother City. Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba will lead the funeral on Saturday. He has asked that anyone who hears the bells “pause their busy schedules for a moment in tribute”.
Below are the plans for the funeral this Saturday.
- The bells of St George’s Cathedral will be rung daily for 10 minutes, starting at midday, from Monday to Friday.
- The Anglican Diocese of Pretoria and the SA Council of Churches will hold a memorial service in the capital city on Wednesday.
- The Archbishop Desmond Tutu IP Trust and the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation will host an intimate evening with friends of the Arch and his wife of 66 years on Thursday.
- Tutu will lie in state in St George’s Cathedral on Friday.
The trust also states that additional plans will be announced during the week.