The funeral of the late Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu took place at the St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town, on Saturday, January 1.
The iconic Anglican Church leader and liberation struggle icon passed away on Sunday, December 26 at his home in Cape Town. Around 100 people gathered at the church as well as President Cyril Ramaphosa, former President Thabo Mbeki, former Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe other government dignitaries.
Meanwhile, Ramaphosa, who delivered the eulogy said: “In our modern age, this term has come to be associated with celebrity and social media fame.
“Yet if we are to understand a global icon to be someone of great moral stature, of exceptional qualities and of service to humanity, there can be no doubt that it refers to the man we are laying to rest today.
“Our departed father was a crusader in the struggle for freedom, justice, equality and for peace, not just in South Africa, the country of his birth, but around the world as well.
“Such was the overarching impact and influence of Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu that tributes have been received from current and past presidents, religious leaders, monarchs, lawmakers, political parties, musicians and artists, and ordinary people from all corners of the globe.”
South Africans called on to honour Tutu’s legacy through Ubuntu