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TUTU NOT ACCREDITED FOR MANDELA FUNERAL

December 14, 2013 | UhuruSpirit

Nelson Mandela with Desmond Tutu AFP/Getty Images



Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu may not attend the funeral of Nelson Mandela on Sunday because he is yet to receive accreditation to attend.

His daughter, Reverend Mpho Tutu, the chief executive of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, confirmed to Weekend Argus on Friday that he would not be going to Qunu.

“The archbishop is not an accredited clergy person and will thus not be attending,” she said.

It is not yet clear why the Archbishop is being excluded. He was a vocal campaigner against apartheid and for Mandela's release from prison.

Though his name was not on the official programme during the memorial service held in honour of Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on 10 December, Tutu was asked at the last minute to offer blessings at the event.

Tutu has presided at the funerals of major struggle figures dating back as far as those of Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko in 1977, and PAC leader Robert Sobukwe in 1978, ANC leader Walter Sisulu in 2003, and fellow anti-apartheid cleric Beyers Naudé in 2004.

While many have jumped to blame the ANC for Tutu's exclusion, it is not yet clear if the ANC has anything to do with the decision to exclude Tutu.

It is understood that attendance at the funeral is by invitation only, after the Mandela family asked that it be kept as private as possible.

Zuma and his cabinet will be there, along with foreign dignitaries including Britain’s Prince Charles, US politician Jesse Jackson, Lesotho’s King Letsie III, Malawian President Joyce Banda, and Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete.

Speaking at a tribute to Mandela in Johannesburg on Monday, Tutu said the “best tribute each one of us can give is to embrace the values he gave us.

“He may not be physically with us, but let us not make a mistake and think he is not with us.

“Ours is to continue to proclaim the message of his values… Whether it is easy or difficult for us to do so,” Tutu said during a prayer service at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory.

On Tuesday, Tutu told the crowd at the FNB Stadium to “show the world that we are disciplined”, adding that he would not bless them until he could hear a pin drop.

“We promise God that we are going to follow the example of Nelson Mandela,” he said.



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