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29. Dezember 2021

President Honours Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu with Special Official Funeral Category 1

President Cyril Ramaphosa has, as a mark of deep respect, declared that the late Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu be accorded a Special Official Funeral Category 1.

The Archbishop, who was a globally venerated theologian, anti-apartheid campaigner and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, passed away on Sunday, 26 December 2021.

The Special Official Funeral will take place in St George’s Cathedral, Cape Town, on New Year’s Day, Saturday, 1 January 2022.

Desmond Tutu was the first black cleric to be elected as the Bishop of Johannesburg before being inaugurated in 1986 as the first black cleric to become Archbishop of Cape Town.

He also served as the General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches (SACC) and as Chairperson of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

In recognition of the late Archbishop Emeritus’ distinguished life and invaluable contribution to the nation, President Ramaphosa has designated the late leader’s funeral as a Special Official Funeral Category 1.

This designation is enabled by the State, Official and Provincial Official Funeral Policy Manual.

The distinguishing features of a Special Official Funeral Category 1 include ceremonial elements by the South African National Defence Force.

On this particular occasion and based on the late Archbishop’s wishes, the SANDF ceremonial content will be limited to the handing over of the National Flag to Mam Leah Tutu. As part of this funeral designation, the National Flag will be half-masted throughout the country and at South African diplomatic missions worldwide from sunset on 28 December 2021 until the evening of the funeral.

The funeral will be held in compliance with the provisions of the COVID-19 health regulations that apply under Adjusted Alert Level 1 of the national state of disaster.

Issued by Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele

|+| www.thepresidency.gov.za  Pretoria

Book of Condolences:
The following link may be used for the sending of condolences: condolences(at)gcis.gov.za 

Memorial Service:
The South African Council of Churches (SACC) will be co-hosting with the Anglican Church, a memorial service for the late Archbishop Tutu, on Thursday, 30 December 2021, at 11:00 hours. The following Zoom link may be utilized for virtual attendance: 
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85895372432?pwd=S1ICcUZPUmk4VEFRRktWRIZZK2IXZz09
Meeting ID: 858 9537 2432
Passcode: 679341

The facebook link is: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialSACC/
Full coverage of memorial service: www.sabc.co.za

Official Funeral Service:

Date:  Saturday, 1 January 2022
Venue: St Georges Cathedral, Cape Town

Live Broadcast: SABC news channels
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Photo credit: SABC

 

 

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