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TUTU ON GUEST LIST FOR MANDELA FUNERAL: MAC MAHARAJ

December 14, 2013 | UhuruSpirit

Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela in Soweto, South Africa, following Mandela’s release from prison. Photo: Peter Magubane.



Mac Maharaj, a spokesman for the presidency, said Tutu is on the guest list and that he hopes Tutu will attend the funeral of Nelson Mandela in Qunu. He said he was surprised by the statement and was looking into it for possible solutions.

Earlier, it was reported that the Archbishop was excluded by the ANC from attending the funeral of the departed revolutionary icon.

The Archbishop's daughter had issued a statement saying that her father was not accredited as a clergy-person to attend.

"The Archbishop is not an accredited clergyperson for the event and thus will not be attending," Rev. Mpho Tutu said in a statement. She is chief executive of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Foundation.

A spokesman for Tutu refused to elaborate and said Tutu himself would not be commenting. Tutu, who like Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for resisting apartheid, has been an occasional critic of the current government.

"This is not an event where you need credentials and I hope a solution can be found," Maharaj said. "He's an important person and I hope ways can be found for him to be there."



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