JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize winner retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a longtime friend of Nelson Mandela and occasional critic of the current South African government, won't be attending Mandela's funeral because he didn't receive the credential to do so, said his spokeswoman.
"The Archbishop is not an accredited clergyperson for the event and thus will not be attending," Rev. Mpho Tutu, the archbishop's daughter, said in a statement. She is chief executive of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Foundation.
Mac Maharaj, a spokesman for the South African presidency, said Tutu is definitely on the guest list. He said he hopes a solution will be found that allows Tutu to attend.
"Certainly he is invited," Maharaj said. "He's an important person."
A spokesman for Tutu refused to elaborate and said Tutu himself would not be commenting.
Tutu spoke earlier in the week at a memorial service for Mandela held at a soccer stadium in Soweto. Mandela is to be buried Sunday in his home village of Qunu in rural Eastern Cape province.