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South Africans say goodbye to Tutu on the eve of his funeral

The South Africans took advantage of their last chance yesterday to pay tribute to Archbishop Desmond Tutu on the eve of the funeral of the respected anti-apartheid fighter.
Since Thursday, about 3,000 mourners have passed through St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town in front of a simple pine casket containing the remains of a tutu.
When the casket returned on the second and final days of the body’s public release, the Tutu family hugged and comforted each other, and a band, including a preschooler trumpeter, performed in honor of him.
The successor to the Archbishop, Tabo McGova, shook a cup of burning incense sticks over the casket before the hearse of the British Church, the coffin’s attendant, robbed the silver Mercedes SUV hearse.
They slowly climbed the stairs and stepped into the cathedral where Tutu had been preaching for 10 years.
The body spends the night in the cathedral until the funeral presided over by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Tutu died peacefully on Sunday at the age of 90.
His death unleashed national sorrow by losing the last great hero of the anti-apartheid era, complimenting world leaders for a man cherished for his legitimate anger and humor. Will be sent.
Tutu carefully set the details of his funeral, claiming that his casket was the “cheapest” available and was adorned with a bunch of simple carnations.
The mourner is asked to donate money to his charity instead of sending flowers-and even the disposal of his body is done in an eco-friendly way.
Michael Weeder, the dean of the cathedral, told AFP that Tutu sought “aquaticization.” This is a process that proponents say releases only one-tenth of the carbon dioxide gas that causes climate change compared to traditional cremation.
In an aquarium, the body is dissolved in a heated solution of water and alkali in a stainless steel container, leaving bones and cremation to ash.
The ashes are buried in the cathedral.
The burial “may be Sunday,” he said in a text message, adding that “the family will decide whether it is private or open to others.”
Johannesburg-born artist Libane Serenji is now paying homage.
He painted a portrait of a tutu on a canvas attached to a large tree outside the cathedral.
“Like everyone in Africa, it played an important role in my life, so I thought it was appropriate to come and paint all the time,” he said.
Another mourner, Antonia Appels, was in line all the way from the capital Pretoria.
She said Tutu was a “moral compass” that helped bring the country out of the darkness of apartheid.
South Africa celebrates a week of mourning for Tutu, with colorful national flags raising half-masts across the country and ceremonies held daily.
The cathedral bell continues to peel off in his memory for 10 minutes at noon.
Tutu has been a symbol of the struggle to end the rule of the white minority for years, as Nelson Mandela and other leaders suffered behind the bar.
After apartheid was dismantled and South Africa preceded the first free elections in 1994, he chaired the Truth Commission, exposing the horrors of the past in terrible detail.
He later spoke fearlessly to the dominant African National Congress (ANC) about corruption, incompetence, and the failure to combat the country’s AIDS epidemic.
Due to aging and vulnerable to prostate cancer, Tutu has recently retired from public life.
He survives with his wife Lear, four children, and a few grandchildren and great-grandchildren.



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