A new exhibition entitled “Truth To Power: Desmond Tutu and the Churches in the Struggle Against Apartheid” is opening to the public on Friday, 25 March. The Arch Tutu tribute was in the planning stages for the past few months.
It’s a permanent exhibition at the Old Granary Building in the Cape Town CBD. This exhibition is hosted by the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation.
The foundation says: “Curated in partnership with the Apartheid Museum, this state-of-the-art exhibition celebrates the life and legacy of Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu. It is housed at the historic Old Granary building, the home of the Foundation and the Tutu IP Trust and will be a welcome addition to Cape Town’s popular cultural heritage precinct.”
The aim of the exhibition is to be more than just an ode to Arch Tutu but also a place where visitors world views are challenged and they are inspired.
Foundation chairperson, Niclas Kjellström-Matseke said in a statement: “We need to have the courage to speak out against injustice, just as the Arch did. In South Africa, we are seeing deeply troubling trends, such as the resurgence of xenophobia, attacks on whistle-blowers, as well as a relentless assault on our democracy due to rampant corruption. ”
He adds: “We are also living in unprecedented times where a pandemic has exposed the deep inequalities that continue to plague our global landscape.”
The exhibition has six different themes:
- Apartheid Education: The Most Evil Act of All – How the apartheid-era policy of Bantu Education changed Tutu’s life and South Africa’s history
- The Struggle in the Church: Fighting a False Gospel – The church as a site of struggle between those who supported colonialism and racial oppression and those who fought against it
- Faith in Action: The Campaign for Sanctions – How apartheid’s policy of forcibly removing people of colour from areas designated for white settlement sparked international sanctions against South Africa’s apartheid state
- Protest and Peace-Making: In the Streets and Stadiums – How Tutu took every opportunity to preach defiance of apartheid in all its manifestations, to advocate for justice and to plead for peace
- Unfinished Business: Tutu, Truth and Reconciliation – The achievements of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission as well as its unfinished business
- TU+TU = Freedom – Speaking truth for global justice – how Tutu did not stop his activism when South Africa gained democracy, choosing to continue to be an activist for justice across the world
There is also a special room celebrating the special relationship between the Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his beloved wife, Leah Nomalizo Tutu, and another dedicated to his relationship with President Nelson Mandela.
Venue: The Old Granary Building (entrance at the pedestrian walk on Longmarket Street, Cape Town)
Times: Monday to Friday 9:30 am – 3:30 pm (Closed on Public Holidays)
Admission: R50 adults, R25 pensioners, and students. Free for all under 12 years old
The funeral service of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu has taken place at St George’s Cathedral on Saturday 1 January 2022.
Former Presidents, Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe as well the king of Lesotho, His Majesty Letsie III attended the service.
The daughter of the late archbishop, Reverend Naomi Tutu addressed the congregation on behalf of the Tutu family. She thanked everyone for the week of prayers and memorial services for her father. She said: “I am here to convey our thanks. I want to first apologise as a family we have received many messages and we haven’t been able to respond. We have just been overwhelmed.”
She added: “We shared him with the world, and you shared part of the love you had for him with us. We are thankful that all of you have gathered in your many places, in person or via the wonders of technology, to celebrate daddy’s life this week.”
President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the eulogy: “This term rainbow nation that he bequeathed is the greatest gift to our nation. When he first spoke about us as a rainbow, South Africa was a different place and going through a dark time.”
Ramaphosa added that South Africans need to continue Arch Tutu’s legacy: “Archbishop Desmond Tutu was our moral compass, but he was also our national conscience. Even after the advent of democracy he did not hesitate to draw attention, often harshly, to our shortcomings as leaders of the democratic state. He saw our country as a rainbow national emerging from the shadow of apartheid, united in its diversity with freedom and equal rights for all.”
Archbishop Tutu will be cremated and then interred at the High Altar at St George’s Cathedral in the Cape Town City Centre.
The Anglican Church of Southern Africa has announced several memorial services will be held around the country in honour of the the late Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Tutu will lie in state at the St Georges Cathedral in Cape Town, but numbers will be limited at the church.
The following services will take place:
- The Diocese of the Highveld will have an Ecumenical Eucharist at 5pm on Wednedsday at St Dunstan’s Cathedral.
- The City of Cape Town will host an Interfaith Memorial Service at 6pm on Wednesday. They will announce full details themselves.
- The Diocese of Kimberley and Kuruman will be having an Ecumenical Thanksgiving service at St Cyprian’s Cathedral at 10am on Thursday in celebration of the life and witness of the Archbishop Emeritus Desmond.
- The Diocese of Pretoria will hold an ecumenical and interfaith service at 11am on Thursday at St Albans Cathedral. They will announce full details themselves.
- The Diocese of Johannesburg will also hold a memorial service in St Mary’s Cathedral in Johannesburg at 11am on Thursday. They will announce full details themselves.
- The Archbishop Tutu IP Trust and the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation will host an event in Cape Town on Thursday evening.
- St Mary’s Cathedral in Gqeberha will hold a memorial service at 10am on Friday.
This list is subject to change and could be updated.
A number of confirmed events are also planned this week leading up 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 Saturday, Archbishop Makgoba will lead the Archbishop’s funeral service, also at St George’s Cathedral.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is celebrating his 90th birthday today and is being overwhelmed by all the birthday wishes. Desmond Mpilo Tutu was born of mixed Xhosa and Motswana heritage on the 7th of October 1931. The Arch was born in Klerksdorp.
He is an Anglican cleric and theologian and is known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist. Tutu also head-up the Truth and Reconciliation Commission at the dawn of democracy in South Africa.
Arch Tutu is married to Nomalizo Leah Tutu, fondly known as Mama Leah. The Arch is also a former Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Now retired, Tutu has many famous friends and many of them took some time out to send him their birthday wishes.
Marlene le Roux , CEO of the Artscape Theatre and disability and women’s rights activist
Western Cape Premier Alan Winde
It is a great honour for me, on behalf of the people of the WC, to wish our beloved Archbishop Desmond Tutu a happy 90th birthday. We hope that his day is filled with love & joy. We encourage residents to celebrate his life by following in his footsteps. Happy Birthday, Arch! pic.twitter.com/WFkjMbcmmk
— Premier Alan Winde (@alanwinde) October 7, 2021
Comedian Marc Lottering
In a written message to Tutu, President Cyril Ramaphosa said: “You continue to remind us that fellowship, solidarity, charity and compassion for the vulnerable are values common to us all, and we should strive to live by them each day…We are further reminded that taking up the struggle for equality and social justice is not the responsibility of only government, civil society organisations or the clergy, but of us all.”
Mama Leah Tutu celebrates her birthday next week on 17 October, she will be 88 years old.