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See How South Africans Are Mourning the Great Desmond Tutu

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South Africa is holding a week of events to mark the passing of the anti-apartheid leader Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who died on Sunday aged 90.

The plans include two days of lying in state before an official state funeral on 1 January in Cape Town.

Officials bathed Cape Town City Hall in purple light to honour the death of Desmond Tutu, while South Africans of all ages and backgrounds stopped by Cape Town’s St George’s Cathedral on Sunday to lay flowers and pay tribute to the country’s national hero.

Brent Goliath who broke down in tears told to AFP news agency that “his significance supersedes the boundaries of being an Anglican,”

“I was very emotional this morning when I heard that he’d passed away. I thank God that he has been there for us,” Mr Goliath said, adding that he had met Tutu several times.

Meanwhile, tributes have been pouring in from leaders around the world, including Queen Elizabeth II, US President Joe Biden and Pope Francis. A contemporary of Nelson Mandela, Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his role in the struggle to abolish the apartheid system enforced by the white minority government against the black majority in South Africa from 1948-91.

 

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