South Africa is observing a week of mourning, leading to the funeral of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, who died on Sunday at the age of 90, on Saturday.
Every day at noon, the bells of St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town will ring for 10 minutes. A guest book has been set up in the cathedral for mourners to sign.
Cape Town’s City Hall and Table Mountain will also glow purple every night until the funeral.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tutu, known around the world for his anti-apartheid activism and champion of human rights, is set to lie in state at the cathedral on Friday.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Tutu’s death on Sunday.
“The passing of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is another chapter in our country’s farewell to the generation of outstanding South Africans who have given us a free South Africa,” he said.
Tutu was more than a spiritual leader.
He spent his life advocating for civil rights and speaking out against injustice, corruption and oppression.
Thabo Makgoba is the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town.
“He wanted every human on earth to experience the freedom, the peace, and the joy that we can all enjoy if we truly respected each other. And because he worshiped God, he feared no one.” Wherever he saw it and whoever did it, he gave it the wrong name,” Makgoba said.
Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his activism against South Africa’s racist apartheid regime.
When Nelson Mandela was released from prison, Tutu housed him on his first night of freedom.
After this, the Archbishop presented Mandela to the public in 1994 as the country’s first black president.
Tutu was at the helm of the post-apartheid country’s healing process, presiding over the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, where many gruesome accounts of injustice were heard.
Despite the difficulties he has faced, Tutu is remembered for his peaceful activism and ability to forgive.
MP Patricia de Lille spoke to reporters about her memories of the Ark, as she was known.
“Humor and a great sense of timing were one of Ark’s greatest assets. He had an extraordinary ability to reduce tension, control anger, and remind people of their human essence. He used humor to deliver important messages.” And that special was, as we all know, infectious love,” she said.
There was an influx of people paying tribute to Tutu.
US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden said they were “heartbroken” to learn of Tutu’s passing.
“His courage and moral clarity helped inspire our commitment to changing American policy toward the repressive apartheid regime in South Africa,” Bidens said in a statement.
“Archbishop Desmond Tutu was a mentor, a friend and a moral compass to me and many others. A universal spirit, Archbishop Tutu was based on the struggle for liberation and justice in his own country, but was also concerned with injustice everywhere ,” said former US President Barack Obama.
“I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He was a key figure in the fight against apartheid and the struggle to create a new South Africa and will be remembered for his spiritual leadership and indomitable good humour. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, “Archbishop Tutu was a huge global figure for peace and an inspiration to generations around the world. During the darkest days of apartheid, he was a shining beacon for social justice, freedom and nonviolent resistance.” Were.
The Dalai Lama, Tibetan spiritual leader in exile, said, “Archbishop Desmond Tutu was completely devoted to serving his brothers and sisters for the greater common good. He was a true humanist and a committed supporter of human rights.”
The Nelson Mandela Foundation stated that Tutu’s “contribution to the fight against injustice, both locally and globally, is matched only by the depth of his vision of creating a liberal future for human society. He was an extraordinary human being. A thinker.” A leader. Shepherd.”
After her retirement at the age of 79, Tutu continued to speak on ethical and moral issues ranging from xenophobia to LGBTQ+ rights to climate change.
Ramaphosa called him a “patriot without equal” and “a man of exceptional intelligence, integrity and invincibility”.
Tutu is survived by his wife, children, siblings and his family.
Some information for this report has been received from the Associated Press, Agence France-Presse and Reuters.