Tutu will not be at Mandela funeral
Published 14/12/2013 | 09:32
"The archbishop is not an accredited clergyperson for the event and thus will not be attending," Rev Mpho Tutu, the archbishop's daughter, said in a statement. She is chief executive of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Foundation.
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate is a long-time friend of Mr Mandela and occasional critic of the current government.
A spokesman for Mr Tutu refused to elaborate and said the retired archbishop himself would not be commenting.
Mr Tutu spoke earlier in the week at a memorial service to Mr Mandela held in Soweto.
Mr Mandela is to be buried on Sunday in his home village of Qunu.
Later, a spokesman for the South African presidency said Mr Tutu is definitely on the guest list.
He said he hopes a solution will be found that allows him to attend.
"Certainly he is invited," Mac Maharaj said. "He's an important person."