Lots of mourners gathered at St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town on Thursday to pay their respects to anti-apartheid hero Archbishop Desmond Tutu as he lay in state.
The Bishop lay in a simple pine coffin which was transported to the cathedral by a motorcade on Thursday morning. He is said to remain there until Friday for visitors. social distancing has also been put in place.
According to a joint statement released by his foundation, the coffin was the “cheapest available.” This was at the request of the Nobel Peace Prize winner and human rights pioneer. Archbishop Tutu was a leader renowned for his struggle to end apartheid in his native South Africa.
“He was the moral compass of the country if you like… he never took himself seriously, he was always joking. Always bubbling, always laughing, always telling the truth.” A mourner at the cathedral on Thursday, Papi Mzizi told CNN.