Mourners Bid Farwell to Desmond Tutu

The coffin carrying the body of Archbishop Desmond Tutu departed St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town on Thursday evening (December 30).

Tutu’s body lay in state on Thursday at the cathedral where the anti-apartheid hero preached against racial injustice, as mourners paid their respects to South Africa’s first Black archbishop.

The coffin was taken to the funeral parlour and was expected to be brought back to the cathedral for a second lie in state day on Friday (December 31).

Members of the public stood in long queues, some singing, others carrying flowers and writing on tribute books in memory of the Nobel Peace prize winner.

Tutu, who requested the cheapest coffin and did not want any lavish funeral expense, will be cremated and his remains interred behind the St George’s Cathedral pulpit he often used to preach against racial injustice at a requiem mass funeral service on Saturday (January 1).

Tutu is widely revered across racial and cultural divides in South Africa for his moral rectitude and principled fight against white-minority rule.

He died on Sunday (December 26) aged 90.

(Production: Shafiek Tassiem, Sisipho Skweyiya)

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