In South Africa, after the announcement of the death of anti-apartheid icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Sunday 26th December, people across the world including African leaders, former president Barack Obama and Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II pay him tribute.
Mourners gathered at St. George’s Cathedral, while others massed at his home, with some holding flower bouquets.
Geordin Hill-Lewis, Cape Town Mayor said : « We thought it would be a really lovely gesture to send a message of memoriam and also celebration of this remarkable man’s life to light up the civic, the City Hall rather, the mountain and St George’s Cathedral, the Arch for the Arch, in his absolutely synonymous purple, bishop’s color. So that’s what we are doing and we hope in this small way that when this image of these Cape Town icons go around the world that it helps for everyone to remember this remarkable man and celebrate his life. »
According to a statement issued by his foundation, Desmond Tutu’s funeral will be held on January 1 at Cape Town’s St. George’s Cathedral.
Cape Town’s City Hall and other landmarks across the South African city are also illuminated in purple.
South Africa began a week of mourning events for the outspoken Nobel peace laureate who died aged 90 described as the country’s moral compass,