Hundreds of mourners gathered to pay their respects to Archbishop Desmond Tutu


Posted on 31 December 2021


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Hundreds of mourners formed a line outside Cape Town's Saint George's cathedral, waiting to pay their respects to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who died six days ago at the age of 90. On Saturday morning, clerics, family members, intimate friends, and dignitaries will attend a requiem liturgy for Tutu, the icon of South Africa's struggle for freedom. Due to Covid rules, their numbers will be limited. President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the eulogy. Tutu, the former archbishop of Cape Town, had largely withdrawn from public life in recent years, but he had continued his lifelong struggle for causes he believed in, vehemently supporting LGBT rights, equal access to education, and the assisted suicide movement. After Tutu's death was revealed on Sunday, tributes from international leaders poured in, and many in South Africa were deeply saddened by the departure of the last great hero of the struggle against the brutal, racist apartheid state.


Key Points


  • Hundreds of mourners formed a line outside Cape Town's Saint George's cathedral, waiting to pay their respects to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who died six days ago at the age of 90.

  • After Tutu's death was revealed on Sunday, tributes from international leaders poured in, and many in South Africa were deeply saddened by the departure of the last great hero of the struggle against the brutal, racist apartheid state.