Desmond Tutu

Victim: Desmond Tutu?s home was broken in to while he was speaking at Nelson Mandela?s memorial

Anti-apartheid icon Desmond Tutu was burgled while he was paying tribute to Nelson Mandela at yesterday?s memorial service.

The thieves apparently targeted his home in the suburbs of Cape Town in the knowledge that he was more than 800 miles away at the ceremony in Johannesburg.

It is the second time in four months that the former Archbishop of Cape Town has been the victim of burglars.

?I can confirm that there was a burglary last night,? his aide Roger Friedman said today.

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Burgled: The home in a Cape Town suburb was ransacked for the second time in four months

?We are not able to tell exactly what was stolen, the archbishop and his wife were not at home. The house was not pillaged.?

Police said in a statement that the crime took place at some point between 7pm and 9pm on Tuesday.

?At this stage we cannot give further details, as the investigation into the matter is still ongoing,? a spokesman said. ?No arrests have been made as yet.?

Officers refused to confirm whether or not anything had been taken from the home of Mr Tutu, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.

In the previous break-in, on August 7, thieves broke in to the house while the bishop and his wife Leah were sleeping, and took a number of small possessions.

Burglaries are fairly common in South Africa, where they are known as ?home invasions?, due to the country?s extreme inequality and relatively weak government.

Mr Tutu, 82, gave the closing prayers at yesterday?s ceremony to the former president in Johannesburg?s FNB Stadium.

He urged South Africans to follow Mandela?s example, saying: ?I want to show the world we can come out here and celebrate the life of an icon.?


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