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South Africa holds state funeral for late Archbishop, Desmond Tutu

by Nwani Chisom
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Oyogist has learned that South Africa held the funeral mass for late anti-apartheid campaigner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

The mass held at a cathedral in Cape Town.

Tutu, well known for his contributions in ending racist regime in South Africa died last Sunday aged 90.

In his eulogy, President Cyril Ramaphosa described Tutu as “the spiritual father of our new nation”.

Tutu had insisted there should be no “lavish spending” on the funeral. He wanted “the cheapest available coffin”.

Family, friends, clergy and politicians were among those who gathered at St George’s Cathedral for Saturday’s service, which had limited numbers because of coronavirus restrictions.

Tutu’s widow Nomalizo Leah sat in a wheelchair at the front of the congregation wearing a purple shawl – the colour of her late husband’s clerical robes.

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