Ramaphosa: Flags to fly at half-mast in Tutu’s honour

Ramaphosa: Flags to fly at half-mast in Tutu’s honour

President Cyril Ramaphosa says flags will fly at half-mast at flag stations across the country in honour of the late Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. 

PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa Delivers message of condolences on Desmond Tutu's passing December 26 2021

Tutu died on Sunday morning at his home in Cape Town at the age of 90 following a long battle with prostate cancer. 


Tutu’s passing made global headlines, triggering a slew of condolences from South Africa and abroad.


National and global leaders have hailed the man fondly known as ‘the Arch’ for his contribution towards the country’s democratic dispensation.


He’s also been described as a towering figure and "moral compass" who fought against injustice in South Africa and elsewhere.


Ramaphosa delivered a message on Tutu’s passing on Sunday night.


“In this season of cheer and goodwill, at a time when many people are celebrating with family and friends, we have lost one of the most courageous and beloved among us,” said Ramaphosa. 


“Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu was one of our nation’s finest patriots. He was a man of unwavering courage, of principled conviction, and whose life was spent in the service of others. He embodied the essence of our humanity.”


Tutu, South Africa’s last surviving Nobel Peace Prize laureate, will undoubtedly be remembered for leading the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).


“In his ministry, in his struggle against apartheid, and as Chairperson of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, he saw the depths to which human beings could descend in the subjugation of others. And yet, his faith in humanity, like his faith in God, was unwavering,” Ramaphosa said. 


“He knew in his soul that good would triumph over evil, that justice would prevail over iniquity, and that reconciliation would prevail over revenge and recrimination. 

“He knew that apartheid would end, that democracy would come. He knew that our people would be free,” Ramaphosa added. 


While a memorial service will be held for Tutu on Wednesday, funeral arrangements are yet to be announced.


“In honour of the life and contribution of Desmond Mpilo Tutu, government will be led by the Anglican Church in the conduct of his funeral. 


“There will be a period of mourning during which the national flag shall fly at half-mast at all flag stations countrywide and at South African diplomatic missions abroad. This will be observed from the time of the formal declaration of the funeral until the night before the funeral service. 


“Details of the funeral and memorial services will be announced in the next few days,” said Ramaphosa. 


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