Safety measures in place for Archbishop Desmond Tutu's funeral

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  • Law enforcement agencies have put in place safety plans for the funeral of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.
  • The funeral will take place at St George's Cathedral in Cape Town on Saturday.
  • Only 100 invited people will be able to attend.

The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (Natjoints) is pulling out all the stops to ensure that the funeral of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu this weekend is "safe and secure".

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The special category one state funeral will take place on Saturday at St George's Cathedral in Cape Town. 

The archbishop's body is lying in repose.

Since his death, the Natjoints, which comprises various law enforcement agencies and government departments, has met daily, according to spokesperson Colonel Athlenda Mathe.

Mathe said:

The Natjoints has assessed the state of readiness and preparedness of all stakeholders involved and is satisfied with its plan, which includes security plans, route security, and access control to the St George's Cathedral in Cape Town, where the official funeral proceedings will take place.

"Mourners who are making their way to the cathedral daily to hand over flowers and sign the condolences book are also encouraged to cooperate with law enforcement officers and exercise patience so that all who will be in the vicinity of the cathedral can mourn in a safe and secure environment," Mathe added.

People have been "urged to mourn in an orderly and responsible manner".

They are required to comply with Covid-19 safety protocols.

Only 100 invited guests will be allowed into the cathedral on the day of the funeral, which will be televised on the Grand Parade.

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