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Tutu honours murdered doctor

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu says Dr Louis Heyns touched many lives.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu with members of staff at the offices of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation on 24 April, 2013. Picture: Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation by Oryx Media

CAPE TOWN - The outstanding turnout at doctor Louis Heyns's memorial service was testament to the great man he was, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu said on Friday.

The body of the 59-year-old paediatric specialist was found buried in a shallow grave in Strand last week.

Tutu and his wife are patrons of the Tygerberg Hospital where Heyns worked in the intensive care unit for several years.

The archbishop said, "He [Heyns] touched the hearts of many people. It's been fantastic to see staff and old patients showing their support in court."

Three Malmesbury men are behind bars in connection with the crime.

They are expected to apply for bail on Monday.