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DESMOND TUTU SAYS HE WILL ATTEND MANDELA FUNERAL

December 14, 2013 | UhuruSpirit

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2013 photo, Retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu waits to speak during the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto near Johannesburg. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu confirmed that he would not attend the funeral of Nelson Mandela after receiving no indication that his name was on a guest or accreditation list. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)



JOHANNESBURG -- Retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu changed course Saturday night and announced plans to attend the funeral of anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela after all.

Spokesman Roger Friedman did not explain Tutu's abrupt reversal but said Tutu would catch a flight early in the morning and be in attendance at Mandela's funeral Sunday in the village of Qunu.

He did not explain the reason for Tutu's dramatic change of plans.

Tutu had earlier in the day said he would not go because the government had not made him feel welcome and he did not want to "gatecrash" the funeral of his longtime ally and friend.

- AP



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