Cape Town buries the ashes of Desmond Tutu

The ashes of the last great fighter against apartheid, Desmond Tutu, were buried in his former Cape Town parish on Sunday, the day after his funeral.

“The ashes of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu were interred in St. George’s Cathedral in a private family service,” the Anglican church said in a statement. His widow, known as “Mama Leah,” attended the service.

His ashes now rest in a special place in front of the main altar, under a stone engraved in capital letters: “Desmond Mpilo Tutu Oct 1931 – Dec 2021 Archbishop of Cape Town 1986-1996”. Desmond Tutu passed away on December 26 at the age of 90.

South Africa paid tribute to the global figure on Saturday at a low-key funeral, as he had wished.

The body of the Nobel Peace Prize winner was reduced to dust by aquamation, a water cremation method considered an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional systems.

Tutu came out in the worst years of the abolished racist regime in 1991. He organized peaceful marches against segregation and advocated for international sanctions against the white Pretoria regime.


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