‘Archbishop Desmond Tutu should be thanked for the way he lived his life’

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Western Cape Premier, Alan Winde says Archbishop Desmond Tutu should be thanked for the way he lived his life, truthfully.

Winde was one of the speakers at the Interfaith Memorial service to honour Tutu at City Hall in Cape Town.

The memorial service was organised by the City of Cape Town.

Tutu who was South Africa’s last living Nobel Peace Laureate died at his home in Cape Town on Sunday morning at the age of 90.

He will be laid to rest at the St George’s Cathedral in a Category 1 state funeral on Saturday.

Winde expressed his gratitude for the life of Tutu.

He says, “We rejoice and give thanks for your life Arch, for the way in which you lived your truth, your courage and your compassion. Just imagine the world without the Arch. Just imagine our world without the Arch. And so as we gather tonight, as we gather at in families, as we sign condolences books across our towns, communities  – we were all reflecting and imagining the difference that you have made.”

VIDEO: Winde pays tribute to Tutu:

Better future

Cape Town Mayor, Geordin Hill-Lewis says Tutu believed that a better future was always possible even if not yet visible.

Hill-Lewis says Tutu remained true to his beliefs, right to the end.

He says, “The last part of his Ministry was spent under oppression hurried and harassed as he persevered in his active service. In so doing kept the faith and hope alive for South Africa’s future. He always believed that a better future was possible even if not yet visible indeed, a prophet indeed. The Arch saw what South Africa’s future would look like even if often times it felt as though that he would not personally receive it.”

VIDEO: Hill-Lewis remembers Tutu:

Meanwhile, Free State Agriculture MEC, Thembeni Nxangisa has described  the archbishop as a brave activist who shaped the liberation struggle.

He was speaking at a memorial service hosted by the Diocese of the Free State at St Peter’s Anglican Church in Bloemfontein.

VIDEO: Cortege arrives at St George’s Cathedral where Tutu’s body will lie in state: