Desmond Tutu Will Attend Mandela’s Funeral

A spokesman for the retired archbishop had announced early Saturday that he would not attend the funeral.

Desmond Tutu at the memorial service for late South African President Nelson Mandela at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, Dec. 10, 2013
Desmond Tutu at the memorial service for late South African President Nelson Mandela at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, Dec. 10, 2013 PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images

Updated: Saturday, Dec. 14, 7:33 p.m. ET: The Associated Press is reporting that retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu announced late Saturday that he plans to attend the funeral of his long-time friend and anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela. A spokesman did not explain Tutu’s reversal, but said he would catch an early flight and arrive on time for the funeral Sunday in the village of Qunu.

Earlier:

Retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, will not attend the funeral of his long-time friend Nelson Mandela on Sunday because he did not receive credentials, his spokesman said, the Daily Mail reports.

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