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Desmond Tutu: Mandela Would Have Been Appalled by Afrikaners Being Excluded from the Memorials

TutuArchbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has expressed his concern over Afrikaners not being represented at the various memorial services for Nelson Mandela, who passed away on 5 December. Tutu says that Mandela would be appalled by the lack of inclusion.

Tutu mentions the absence of the Dutch Reformed Church and the fact that the use of Afrikaans was limited at the memorials. “To the extent that I can do so meaningfully, I apologise to our sisters and brothers in the Afrikaner Community,” he said.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has said that Nelson Mandela would have been appalled that Afrikaners were excluded from memorial services marking his death.

He highlighted the absence of the Dutch Reformed Church and the limited use of the Afrikaans language at the services.

A mainly Afrikaner party introduced white minority rule, which Mr Mandela opposed, spending 27 years in jail.

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