Desmond Tutu To Now Attend Mandela Funeral

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South African Archbishop and Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu speaks during an interview in New Delhi, Feb. 8, 2012.

Retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu will attend South African president Nelson Mandela’s funeral Sunday, after briefly canceling plans because he said he was left off the guest list by government officials.

Tutu’s official foundation and Clayson Monyela, South Africa’s head of Public Diplomacy, both tweeted the confirmation.

Earlier Saturday, Tutu canceled plans to attend Mandel’s funeral in a statement claiming he received no indication that he was invited.

“Much as I would have loved to attend the service to say a final farewell to someone I loved and treasured, it would have been disrespectful to Tata [Mandela] to gatecrash what was billed as a private family funeral,” Tutu said in the statement Saturday, the Associated Press reports. “Had I or my office been informed that I would be welcome there is no way on earth that I would have missed it.”

The 82-year-old Nobel laureate is one of South African President Jacob Zuma’s biggest critics, and a government spokesman earlier denied the allegation that Tutu had been left out and asserted he was on the guest list, though the spokesman said was unclear if Tutu was expected to provide a eulogy.

[AP]

6 comments
Ocsicnarf
Ocsicnarf

Zuma and current ANC and RSA command doesn't meet Madiba's standard.

nasser.solomon
nasser.solomon

Tutu always was on the guest list. The Tutu Foundation media statement about him not being invited was unnecessary! I wish Tutu a long life and pray that he continues to criticise ANC and Zuma corruption.

absurdbuttrue
absurdbuttrue

Tutu is a legend in his own mind! As if that is not enough, he is a member of the discredited Anglican church!

ShaunMacNeil
ShaunMacNeil

Tutu has morphed into a bit of a noisy, cranky salt in his old age.  That notwithstanding, back when it counted, his was a very powerful and globally heard voice that quickened the demise of Apartheid and the eventual release of Nelson Mandela.  The surviving family is not living up to the spirit of Madiba by excluding this man.

meddevguy
meddevguy

You can understand the non-invite -- the bishop is an outspoken critic of the government.


The truth is that there is not a leader alive that is a Madiba. Because they are all so tied up in honoring themselves that they forgot that Mandela was Mandela because he didn't.

RatPackJimmy
RatPackJimmy

@meddevguy  Unfortunately the South African government did not follow Mandela's ideology.  Even though Tutu is an outspoken critic, Mandela would not have wanted him to be excluded from the funeral.  Mandela himself was ostracized for being a critic.  In fact,  Mandela was denounced as a Marxist terrorist by critics.  Mandela stood for reconciliation not alienation.

Although Tutu "is one of South African President Jacob Zuma’s biggest critics," they should not exclude him if they want to lead by Mandela's example. I think South Africa has taken a few steps backwards. 


.If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. Nelson Mandela