- Archbishop Desmond Tutu's daughter, Nontombi, said that her father had made peace with his imminent death
- When she and her siblings arrived at the frail care centre after his passing, they all hugged him to say goodbye
- President Cyril Ramaphosa visited the Tutu family to express his condolences for their loss and provide comfort
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CAPE TOWN - Nontombi Naomi Tutu, the daughter of the late Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, was interviewed about her father's passing and said that he was peaceful and ready to die.
"My siblings and I were not there when he passed but we had been with him the day before and he was ready. He went to meet his God. He was ready and willing," she said.
According to EWN, Tutu's daughter said that she and her siblings hugged his deceased body to say goodbye to their father for the last time.
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Tutu family visited by President Ramaphosa
On Monday (27 December) President Cyril Ramaphosa visited the Tutu family's home to share his condolences. Speaking at a press conference after his visit, Ramaphosa said that while the nation mourns the loss of Tutu, South Africans should celebrate what he achieved during his life.
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"He was the voice of the voiceless. He was a person who campaigned for justice for people living with HIV, for the LGBTQI+ community, and for the dejected and oppressed people not only in our country," Ramaphosa said.
South Africa reacts to statement by Tutu's family
"There's a family resemblance there. That's nice to see."
"How lucky to have such a wonderful father."
"Think of Desmond Tutu and the first thing is his smile and warmth. Like Mandela, he was remarkable for his humour, grace and lack of rancour. Those two men were giants, working in a world of political pygmies."
"The Arch loved people so much."
"Desmond Tutu was an iconic figure."
SA thinks the ANC won't listen to Tutu's request for a low budget funeral
Speaking of Tutu, Briefly News recently reported that the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu was a simple and modest man who did not want to have an expensive and over-the-top send-off.
This is according to a joint statement released on Tuesday by the Archbishop Desmond Tutu IP Trust and chairperson of the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation. The trust is co-chaired by Dr Mampele Rampele and the Legacy Foundation is chaired by Mr Niclas Kjellstrom-Matseke.
The pair stated that he did not want ostentatious or lavish spending on his funeral and he even requested that the only bouquet at his funeral should be carnations from his family.
Source: Briefly News