The funeral mass for South African anti-apartheid campaigner Archbishop Desmond Tutu has taken place at the Anglican cathedral in Cape Town.
Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who helped end the racist regime in South Africa, died last Sunday aged 90.
In his eulogy, President Cyril Ramaphosa described Tutu as “the spiritual father of our new nation”.
Tutu had insisted there should be no “lavish spending” on the funeral. He wanted “the cheapest available coffin”.
Family, friends, clergy and politicians were among those who gathered at St George’s Cathedral for today’s service, which had limited numbers because of coronavirus restrictions.
Tutu’s widow sat in a wheelchair at the front of the congregation wearing a purple shawl – the colour of her late husband’s clerical robes.
Tutu was one of the driving forces behind the movement to end the policy of racial segregation and discrimination enforced by the white minority government against the black majority in South Africa from 1948 until 1991.
In the main eulogy at the official state funeral today, Ramaphosa described the archbishop as a “crusader in the struggle for freedom, for justice, for equality and for peace. Not only in South Africa… but around the world as well”.
He said “If we are to understand a global icon to be someone of great moral stature, of exceptional qualities, and of service to humanity there can be no doubt that it refers to the man we’re laying to rest today”.