South Africans pay tribute to Desmond Tutu

Tutu, a Nobel Peace prize winner widely revered across racial and cultural divides in South Africa for his moral rectitude and principled fight against white-minority rule, died on Sunday (December 26) aged 90.

Speaking to Reuters outside the Cathedral, mourners paid tribute to Tutu, saying he was the "voice of the voiceless" and "always a voice of reason".

Tutu, who requested the cheapest coffin and did not want any lavish funeral expense, will be cremated and his remains interred behind the St George's Cathedral pulpit he often used to preach against racial injustice.

The public will have an opportunity to view Tutu's body between 9am local time (0700 GMT) and 5pm (1500 GMT) on Thursday and Friday (December 31), ahead of a requiem mass funeral service on Saturday (January 1), where President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to deliver a eulogy.

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