Makgoba ‘concerned’ scores will descend on Cape Town for Tutu funeral

Makgoba ‘concerned’ scores will descend on Cape Town for Tutu funeral

Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba has called on South Africans to observe the strict Covid-19 protocols ahead of Desmond Tutu’s funeral later this week.

St George's Cathedral Cape Town
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The late Archbishop Emeritus will be laid to rest on Saturday after losing his long battle to prostate cancer.


He died at his Cape Town home on Sunday morning.


South Africans will spend much of the week in mourning, reflecting on the life and times of the country’s last Nobel Peace Prize laureate. 


On Friday, Archbishop Tutu will lie in state at the St George’s Cathedral where his funeral service will be held the next day. 


Scores of people are expected to descend to Cape Town later to bid the global leader farewell.


It is expected to be another historic moment in the country’s history.


But Makgoba says there are some concerns about breaches in Covid regulations. 


“Our list of possible attendees at the funeral run to 400 or 500 names and more than 100 clergy but Covid regulations restrict attendance at funerals to a maximum of 100 and we must respect that,” he said.


A number of memorial services have been lined up at various churches across the country throughout the week.


Makgoba called on mourners to rather attend services at their local communities. 


“Please don’t get into a bus to Cape Town.


“We have arranged those cathedrals and those local perishes so we cater to your needs,” Makgoba added. 


The South African government is yet to confirm if Tutu will be given a state funeral. 


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