Desmond Tutu not invited to Nelson Mandela funeral

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Good afternoon:

In the this-shouldn’t-be-happening category, we have this story out of South Africa reported by Voice of America.

Retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu says he was not invited to attend a state funeral for his dear friend, fellow Nobel laureate Nelson Mandela.

In a Saturday statement, Tutu said he would have loved to attend the service and say a “final farewell” to someone he “loved and treasured.”

However, he said it would have been “disrespectful” to “gatecrash” the funeral. He added, there was “no way on earth” he would have missed the ceremony if he or his office had been informed that he was welcomed to attend.

The apparent omission of an invitation has been seen by some as a snub towards the religious leader, who has been an outspoken critic of the ruling African National Congress. However, the government denies Tutu was snubbed.



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23 Responses to Desmond Tutu not invited to Nelson Mandela funeral

  1. dianetrotter says:

    I read that the service turned into a political rally. According to the article, Mandel was out of touch with what was actually happening in the ANC. There have have been murders and other injustices under current president. Mandela was too old/sick to know. Reporting what I read.

    • Malisha says:

      But how is ANY political situation a reason to exclude a prestigious world statesman from the funeral of one of his best friends?

  2. sighhhhh says:

    Something to do with Tutu calling Israeli apartheid what it is?

  3. colin black says:

    Is he on a self imposed fly zone.

    Fred sorry just realised how inappropriate It is to post a ps of my happy day on a thread abour Nelson Mandellas Funerall pleas could you or Crane remove it?

    Sorry Im still so excited an happy an not thinking straight thank you In advance .


    [Mission accomplished. Check out the new post]

  4. colin black says:

    Was Robert Mugabe Invited an Will Strias President be Attending?

    What amazed me most was not that The Magnificen Phenonima The Insperation that was Nelason Mandella had passed Into History.

    He was Elserly Frail an In bad Health for a long time.

    His death was I M O aa expected as The Queens Mothers but a lot of people acted shocked?

    No my astonishment was to see Feidel Castro Alive!.

  5. Sophia33 says:

    Tutu will attend the funeral after all. Someone realized that they were looking really foolish for not inviting him there.

  6. bettykath says:

    The Mandela Barbie is dressed to serve a new version of racism, Apartheid 2.0, worsening both in South Africa—and in the U.S.

    I can’t take it anymore. All week, I’ve watched Nelson Mandela reduced to a Barbie doll. From Fox News to the Bush family, the politicians and media mavens who body-blocked the anti-Apartheid Movement and were happy to keep Mandela behind bars, now get to dress his image up in any silly outfit they choose.

    Poor Mandela. When he’s not a doll, he’s a statue. He joins Martin Luther King as another bronzed monument whose use is to tell us that apartheid is now “defeated” – to quote the ridiculous headline in the Times.

  7. ed nelson says:

    Horrible snub is right. The one guy who tells it like it is! and they snub him for for the benefit of all to see!

    Send a stnkin’ message… what would ya expect?

    What .. “miss a chance to push the adjenda… of moral suasion… that is: ” no moral or truth tell, or exemplary behavior, shall go unpunished…!”?

    But what a weird assortment of mourners do show up at funerals… when the poor Italics//main focus//I/ ? can no longer… take the mike and sound off!

  8. Sophia33 says:

    It was a horrible snub. I can’t believe that it happened. I believe Mandela would have wanted him to be there. Tragic and mishandled. It is amazing that there are people who wanted to celebrate his life with words, but not in action. Ted Cruz wrote a nice FB message, but walked out in protest when President Obama shook Castro’s hand – an act that Mandela would have encouraged and done himself. So celebrating Mandela was the fad thing to do, but not heartfelt for many – both in the U.S. and in South Africa.

    On another note, has anyone noticed that HP is forcing people to use there real names or not be able to post at all. So I suppose Arianna Huffington is going back to her conservative roots. I think of the Fogen supporters that I have ticked off and I really wouldn’t want them having my real name. HP knows this and don’t care. Instead of eliminating the trolls, they give them ammunition to stalk people. Thus causing liberals to leave so that the hateful can take over the site. SMH.

    • looneydoone says:

      We huff-blows refugees have a new home
      The epoch times….it’s a very good site, and they’ve given us a warm welcome
      Join us there, please, You’ll see a lot of familiar names (I’m epazote there)

    • Malisha says:

      I think those hateful Netstalkers took it over long ago.

  9. bettykath says:

    It should have been a What-would-Mandela-do? moments. Tutu should have rec’d an invitation. But perhaps it was an oversight.

    • bettykath says:

      Tutu was snubbed, whether deliberate or by oversight.

    • Hard to imagine that was an oversight. How does someone forget Desmond Tutu? He and Mandela were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (at separate times) and they are the only South Africans to win the prize.

      I’m not aware of any animosity between the two or any other reason for snubbing him.

      • Malisha says:

        There was NO REASON. Of course, there may have been a “reason.” Tutu made some enemies. One or more of them pulled this to deliver a punishment. I wonder if we will ever find out exactly what happened.

        It is a disgrace.

  10. I believe various groups and individuals were invited with the implication that it’s an attendance-by-invitation-only event.

  11. bettykath says:

    Did Tutu express a desire to attend? Did everyone who attended get an individual invitation?

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