Tutu attends Mandela's funeral

By Drum Digital
15 December 2013

South Africa's retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu attended his friend’s funeral signaling a change of heart after a dispute over his invitation.

Tutu, like Mandela a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, had earlier said he would not be going to the burial service in Qunu in Eastern Cape because he had not received a formal invitation or any indication that he was on the guest list.

Britain's Prince Charles and U.S. civil rights activist Jessie Jackson are among a selected group of foreign dignitaries who are attending the funeral ceremony for Mandela, South Africa's first black president who died on December 5 aged 95.

The government said no specific invitation had been issued to Tutu, but added the official accreditation he had used at the memorial for Mandela in Johannesburg on Tuesday would allow him to attend the funeral if he wished, and he was welcome to do so.

- Reuters

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