Purple – the colour that has become synonymous with the late Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu will light up Table Mountain and City Hall starting December 26, at 20:00 and every night this week, says the City of Cape Town.
“As our city mourns the passing of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Arch, we also want to celebrate the man who dedicated his life to making our country a more just, humane and peaceful place for all,” the COCT said via a statement.
Tutu passed away at the age of 90 in Cape Town on Sunday, December 26, surrounded by family. He was the last surviving South African laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize.
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The City’s tribute will honour “Cape Town’s greatest resident” as the mountain is shrouded in purple.
“As people here and around the world see Cape Town’s famous mountain lit up in purple, we hope it helps to remember and honour Cape Town’s greatest resident and all that he stood for.”
For residents looking to honour Tutu in their own way, a condolence book has been set up outside of St George’s Cathedral on the corner of Wale and Adderley Street, and at the Civic Centre. Residents are encouraged to sign the books as a tribute to the Arch.