City of Cape Town Mayor, Geordin Hill-Lewis, has hailed the late Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu as a principled man who stood for strong values that goes beyond petty politics.
The City of Cape Town has lit up some of its landmarks in purple in honour of the Archbishop.
The City says the City Hall, the Table Mountain and the St George’s Cathedral will be lit up the whole week in honour of Tutu who they referred to as Cape Town’s greatest resident.
Hill-Lewis describes Tutu as a unifier who sacrificed his life for the greater good of humankind.
“He has an extra ordinary legacy. Very few people in history get to influence the direction of the country the way that he did. If we can emulate the small part of his legacy that would be incredible. I think his lesson is one of peace, love, forgiveness, unity and rising above daily noise of petty politics,” explains Hill-Lewis.
City hall lit in purple in honour of Tutu:
Meanwhile, University of Cape Town (UCT) vice-chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, says the late Anglican Archbishop motivated the world to become better people by sharing his acceptance and love.
Phakeng says the Arch was a fervent supporter of higher education.
“Archbishop Tutu was a good friend to UCT. He visited us often as an honoured guest at some events and as a speaker at others. Every successful student who graduates from UCT, who goes out to make a difference in their community and in society contributes to ensuring that Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s legacy and influence remains alive. Indeed, we have been blessed. May his soul rest in peace,” adds Phakeng.
Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng writes to the UCT community to pay tribute to the late Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu (90) https://t.co/iXoPu26WIW
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