In a statement, the Archbishop Desmond Tutu IP Trust and the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation confirmed the Arch will be laid to rest in Cape Town on Saturday 1 January 2022.
“On behalf of the family of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, we express our most sincere appreciation to people and organisations across the country and the world for the outpouring of love, respect and condolences that followed the Arch’s passing.”
A number of confirmed events are planned for the coming week leading to the Arch’s funeral:
- The bells of St George’s Cathedral will be rung daily for 10 minutes, starting at midday, from Monday to Friday. The Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, asks all who hear the bells to pause their busy schedules for a moment in tribute to Archbishop Tutu.
- On Wednesday, the Diocese of Pretoria and the South African Council of Churches will hold a memorial service in the capital city. (Details to be announced.)
- On Thursday evening, the Archbishop Tutu IP Trust and the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation will host an intimate evening with the friends of the Arch and Mrs Tutu. (Details to be announced.)
- On Friday, Archbishop Tutu will lie in state in St George’s Cathedral.
On Saturday, Archbishop Makgoba will lead the Archbishop’s funeral service, also at St George’s Cathedral.