South Africa feels orphan after Desmond Tutu’s death

Johannesburg South Africa began a week of mourning on Monday for the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, an immense symbol of the fight against apartheid but also a warm and charismatic communicator, whose departure leaves the country orphaned.

The 1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner, who died peacefully on Sunday at the age of 90, had disappeared from public life in recent months. But everyone remembers his legendary silhouette, tenacity and frankness in denouncing injustices.

President Cyril Ramaphosa visited the family yesterday. “He was brave, sincere and we loved him for it, because he gave a voice to those who don’t have it,” the head of state told reporters outside Tutu’s house in Cape Town.

His funeral will take place on January 1 at the Cathedral of St. George in Cape Town, his former parish, where despite the rain his fellow citizens arrived yesterday to lay a wreath. Tutu’s body will rest on Friday in a burning chapel of the cathedral, before being cremated.

“When we were young militants, if Archbishop Tutu was present, the police never shot at us. Why? We really don’t know. But he served as a shield,” tweeted Panyaza Lesufi, head of the African National Congress (ANC), the party. that buried apartheid.

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