South Africa’s anti-apartheid hero, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who pass away on Sunday, will be buried on January 1, 2022.
His Foundation that made the announcement in a statement said while arrangements for a week of mourning are still in their early stages, the period would lead to the archbishop’s funeral on January 1 in Capetown South Africa.
Anti-apartheid hero won Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 Lauded by both Black and white South Africans was diagnosed with cancer in 1990s Tributes pour in from across the globe
Reuters report that Archbishop Tutu aged 90, a veteran of South Africa’s struggle against apartheid who was revered as his nation’s conscience by both Black and white, died on Sunday in a Cape Town nursing home.
Tutu won the Nobel prize in 1984 in recognition of his non-violent opposition to white minority rule and later became the chairman of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, set up to unearth atrocities committed under the apartheid regime.
Tutus enduring spirit of reconciliation in a divided South Africa always shone through as tributes continue to pour in from around the world on Sunday.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa described the late Tutu as one of the nation’s finest patriots adding, “our nation’s loss is indeed a global bereavement.”
U.S. President Joe Biden said Tutu followed his spiritual calling to create a better, freer, and more equal world. “His legacy transcends borders and will echo throughout the ages.”
“Archbishop Desmond Tutu was a mentor, a friend and a moral compass for me and so many others,” former President Barack Obama said. “He never lost his impish sense of humour and willingness to find humanity in his adversaries.” Biden added
Born near Johannesburg, Tutu spent most of his later life in Cape Town and led numerous marches and campaigns to end the apartheid regime.