Tutu didn't receive credential for Mandela funeral; Government says he's invited

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Associated Press

Posted on December 14, 2013 at 8:01 AM

Updated Saturday, Dec 14 at 8:03 AM

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A spokesman for the South African presidency says retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu is an "important person" and "certainly" invited to Nelson Mandela's funeral tomorrow.

Earlier, a spokesman for the archbishop said Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, longtime Mandela friend and occasional critic of the current South African government, wouldn't be attending Mandela's funeral because he didn't receive the credential to do so.

That prompted a response from Mac Maharaj, a spokesman for the South African presidency, who says Tutu is definitely on the guest list. He says he hopes a solution will be found that allows Tutu to attend.

A spokesman for Tutu refused to elaborate and said Tutu himself would not be commenting.

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