The late Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s funeral will take place on Saturday, New Year’s Day. Tutu died on Sunday in Cape Town. He was 90.
He has also been honoured by President Cyril Ramaphosa with a category one special funeral.
What will happen to Desmond Tutu’s body before burial?
The late Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s body will be cremated and his ashes will be interred at St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town.
According to The Archbishop Tutu IP Trust and the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation said the period in which he will lie in state has been extended to allow mourners pay personal tribute to the Arch.
“The Archbishop was very clear on his wishes for his funeral. He wanted no ostentatiousness or lavish spending.
He asked that the coffin be the cheapest available and that a bouquet of carnations from his family be the only flowers in the cathedral,” the two organisations said in a statement
When is his burial and how many people will attend?
The Archbishop will be cremated privately, and his ashes interred in the cathedral.
Due to COVID-19, only 100 people will be allowed to attend the funeral mass for Desmond M. Tutu.