Tutu not attending Madiba's funeral

Archbishop Desmond Tutu will not be attending Nelson Mandela's funeral in Qunu.

Former South African President Nelson Mandela (R) holding the Jules Rimet World cup beside Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation has confirmed that Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu will not be attending Nelson Mandela's funeral tomorrow morning.

Mandela will be laid to rest in Qunu in the Eastern Cape.

In it's official statement, the foundation said Tutu was not an accredited clergy person and will not be attending the private ceremony.

But reports this week indicated that he was snubbed from the funeral.

The presidency only confirmed to Eyewitness News today that the arch had been invited.

Tutu was also not included in the programme during Madiba's memorial service at FNB Stadium on 10 December.

But at the last minute, he was asked to give a blessing at the end of the memorial after the crowd had become disruptive and booed President Jacob Zuma.

The foundation did not say anything further on the matter.

Around 4,000 people are expected to attend the funeral, but only 400 will be allowed at the burial site.

High-profile guests include Prince Charles, Oprah Winfrey and a number of heads of state .

Government has released more details about tomorrow's events.

The programme will start at 8am and end at 10am.