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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Tutu will not be at Mandela funeral

Published 14/12/2013 | 09:32

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Desmond Tutu is a long-time friend of Nelson Mandela

Desmond Tutu will not be attending Nelson Mandela's funeral because he did not receive credentials to do so, a spokesman for the retired archbishop has said.

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"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."

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