City of Cape Town celebrates the Tutus

2015-10-06 19:37
(Thulani Gqirana, News24)

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Cape Town - The City of Cape Town will celebrate Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah with a reconciliation walk and an interfaith service.

The city will also hand over the Granary building in Buitenkant Street to the Tutu family next week on Wednesday in a bid to "house his legacy".

Making the announcement at the Cape Town Civic Centre on Tuesday, Mayor Patricia de Lille said the city wants to celebrate the Tutus because of their efforts to promote peace, reconciliation and equality in the country.

Flanked by the Archbishop’s daughter and St George’s Cathedral’s Father Michael Weeder, De Lille said they wanted to celebrate the couple in their lifetime. She said the Granary building was rich with history.

"We want to build a peace centre [there] with the family," De Lille said.

She said the city would spend about R30m to renovate the building and it would be handed over on Leah Tutu's birthday on October 14.

A reconciliation walk will take place on December 16, followed by an interfaith service.

De Lille will dedicate her council speech to Tutu on October 28.

"We would like to honour the Arch as a freeman of the city and a principled man and leader who not only spoke truth to power during apartheid but continues to do so in our new democracy.

"We hope to make this a truly special time for the Tutus and the residents of our city as we reflect on and celebrate the inspiring work of our beloved Arch and Mama Leah," she said.

Read more on:    patricia de lille  |  desmond tutu  |  cape town

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