Ramphele urges people to celebrate Tutu’s life by returning to the essence of Ubuntu

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A family representative of the Tutu family, Dr. Mamphela Ramphele has called on people to celebrate the life of the late retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu by returning to the essence of Ubuntu.

Mamphela was one of the speakers at the interfaith memorial service to honour Tutu who died on Sunday at his home in Cape Town.

She says, “I would like to plead with all of us, not only  just those who are here but all over who are listening and will be celebrating the Archbishop the rest of this week. Can we  dare re-commit to live a life that is infused by the values of Ubuntu as the Archbishop taught us, because in life love, hope, faith becomes so much easier if simply we return to the essence of being human.”

VIDEO: Dr Mamphela Ramphele speaks at Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s memorial service:

Lie in state

The times for viewing the body of the late Anglican Archbishop Emeritus have been changed from 9am to 5pm on Thursday and Friday.

The viewing was initially expected to take place from 7am to 7pm. Tutu will lie in state for two days to allow the public to view him.

Anglican Archbishop, Thabo Makgoba says St George’s Cathedral will then be closed after the viewing times. He says the changes were made to prevent traffic congestion.

Makgoba says, “After 5pm on Friday, the Cathedral will be closed and there will be a silent vigil in the Cathedral where the Archbishop will be. At 9pm on Friday, there will also be compline by the clergy. It’s not a public event, that is on both days after 5pm, – the Cathedral doors will be closed. May the Archbishop indeed rest in peace and rise in glory. The change in times are  to allow the morning traffic to actually not be disturbed from 7am to 7pm. We changed the times just to be considerate.”

Tutu has been honoured with a Category One State Funeral service which will take place on New Year’s Day on Saturday.

VIDEO: Veteran ANC leader, Mavuso Msimang pays tribute to Arch Tutu: