The town where the late Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu was born, held a memorial service on 30 December 2021, in honour of who he was and the contribution he brought.
Where the late Archbishop Tutu was born in Klerksdorp, at a place that was later named the heritage site in Neserhof. The memorial service had the presence of dignitaries, the Premier Maape accompanied by the City of Matlosana Local Municipality Executive mayor Cllr James Tsolela, Bishop of Anglican Church in the Matlosana Diocese Bishop Stephen Diseko, Provincial Chairperson of the South African Council of churches Bishop Victor Phalana, other leaders of Faith Based Organisation and other members of the community.
With a prayer session laying of wreath, a tree was also planted at the Matlosana Municipality Heritage site at the archbishop’s birthplace, in honour of the late Tutu. The country as whole along with other African countries and international states, have been in mourning since the passing of Tutu, as his life was and still is being celebrated worldwide.
Tutu took part in many things that brought about closure and serenity to many. Many are still keeping the candlelight on in his memory, followed by the purple trend doing rounds followed by the slogan, “The purple shall govern” with a purple background and a purple font colour.
For the coming two days, the late Archbishop will undergo a state lie, just as it was done with late former president Nelson Mandela, giving people a chance to see the bishop before he is laid to rest (cremated) on Saturday. The late has requested to have a simple funeral and not a state funeral. All services are being broadcasted live and will continue so until the last day.