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Entertainment Death of Desmond Tutu: rain of tributes to the icon of the struggle against apartheid

08:53  27 december  2021
08:53  27 december  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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  Décès de Desmond Tutu: pluie d'hommages pour l'icône de la lutte anti-apartheid © AFP

'C' was an extraordinary human being a thinker A leader A shepherd... ": In unison with reactions from around the world, the Mandela Foundation has described as "immeasurable" loss Desmond Tutu, for which a week of mourning is observed, from Monday until the funeral Saturday in Cape Town.

Sunday night, Joe and Jill Biden, having a "broken heart", argued in a statement that "the example" of the Anglican archbishop died Sunday at 90 years' transcends borders and will resonate through the ages ". The American presidential couple also evoked the "power of the message of justice, equality, truth and reconciliation" carried by Desmond Tutu.

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Earlier, the South African president Cyril Ramaphosa had expressed "deep sadness" after the death of the "peerless patriot." His death "is a new chapter of mourning in the farewell of our nation to a generation of outstanding South Africans who have left us an liberated South Africa", has he said, evoking "a man of extraordinary intelligence, integrity and invincible against the forces of apartheid. "

The UN also paid tribute to Desmond Tutu "an inspiration to generations around the world" and whose death "leaves a huge void," in the words of its secretary general, António Guterres . Funeral Saturday

countless countries around the world have joined this emotion through messages at the highest level, like the Queen Elizabeth II saluting defender "tireless" of human rights or the French president Emmanuel Macron ensuring that the "fight" Tutu "to the end of apartheid and south Africa's reconciliation will be remembered."

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Tributes also religious authorities, the Pope Francis to spiritual leader of Anglicans and Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, through the Dalai Lama. Tributes

finally from South Africans stopping at the St. George's Cathedral in Cape Town, the old parish of "The Arch", as he was affectionately known. "He has so counted in the fight against apartheid. For us, the black ..." and told AFP Goliath Brent, 44, before bursting into tears.


Video: South Africa plunged into sadness after the death of Desmond Tutu (AFP)

Sunday evening, the foundation Tutu announced that his funeral would be held Saturday 1 January this cathedral.

Among the announced measures, the foundation says "the bells of St. George Cathedral are rung every day for ten minutes, starting at noon," all week from Monday to Friday, the day the body of the deceased "rest lying in state in the Cathedral. "

South Africa's Archbishop Emeritus and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu has died at 90

  South Africa's Archbishop Emeritus and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu has died at 90 South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said Tutu was "a man of extraordinary intellect, integrity, and invincibility against the forces of apartheid.""The passing of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is another chapter of bereavement in our nation's farewell to a generation of outstanding South Africans who have bequeathed us a liberated South Africa," President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a statement.

Desmond Tutu was the last of the great figures of the struggle against apartheid, the conscience of South Africa but also a playful and powerful laugh.

Until recently, the Nobel Peace Prize has imposed its little purple figure and outspoken legendary denouncing injustices and dent all powers.

"Nation rainbow sky"

After the advent of democracy in 1994 and the election of his friend Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu had coined the term "nation rainbow sky". He chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) which he hoped, through the confrontation of executioners and victims, it would turn the page on racial hatred.

"The Arch" was weak for months. Suffering long of a prostate cancer, he died in Cape Town probably old age, peacefully Sunday morning, according to relatives interviewed by AFP.

He spoke more in public but welcomed this news to each of his trips, a mischievous look, a small wave of his hand, as at its vaccination against Covid or in October, the ceremony celebrating its 90th anniversary.

Desmond Tutu was known to the worst hours of the racist apartheid regime. So priest organizes peaceful demonstrations against segregation and calls for international sanctions against the white regime in Pretoria. Her dress was spared jail.

The nonviolent struggle Tutu was crowned Nobel Peace Prize in 1984. After apartheid

, true to its commitments, he denounced the abuses of the ANC in power, the mistakes in the fight against AIDS to corruption scandals.

The last time the country has heard from him was on 1 November. Out of sight, he voted in local elections. 27/12/2021 4:02:55

- Cape Town (AFP) - AFP © 2021

South Africa: in Johannesburg, Tribute to Desmond Tutu in the Cathedral St Mary's .
© AFP - Luca Sola in the Anglican Cathedral St Mary's by Johannesburg, a tribute to Desmond Tutu is scheduled for 29 and 30 December 2021. l South Africa greets Desmond Tutu, disappeared on December 26 at 90, all this week. The funeral of the apartheid fighter are planned on Saturday, at the Cap's St George's Cathedral, where his ashes will be kept. Previously, many ceremonies take place throughout the country.

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