Desmond Tutu’s House Burgled While He Was Delivering a Prayer at Mandela’s Memorial Service

Hugo Gye, Daily Mail (London), December 11, 2013

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.

‘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.’

The memorial also featured a well-received speech by U.S. President Barack Obama, and tributes from other world leaders who heralded Mandela as one of the greatest figures of the 20th century.

However, the news that Mr Tutu was burgled at the same time is just the latest in a string of minor embarrassments connected to yesterday’s service.

Mr Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron came under fire for taking a ‘selfie’ photograph with Denmark’s Helle Thorning-Schmidt, while South African president Jacob Zuma was repeatedly booed at the ceremony, held in a stadium where a third of the seats were left empty thanks to foul weather.

And today it was claimed that a sign language interpreter who stood next to the podium throughout the service was in fact a fraud, waving his hands around without making any sense for deaf people.

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  • Lord_Steven_Regal

    So, in synopsis, blacks rob from their preferred spiritual leader when he goes to give a memorial for their deceased preferred political leader. Not even revered black leaders can escape black criminality.

    Little chance that criminals of any other race would be quite this immoral.

    • me

      This gives me a delightful feeling of shadenfreude.

      • Lagerstrom

        Seriously funny stuff!

      • Erasmus

        Yup. Sweet. Really, really sweet.

  • Spartacus

    Shame they didn’t kill him…

  • Canadian Boer

    This guy wants a ‘White Tax’ to further sponge off the White South African taxpayers, who already pay most of the taxes. He doesn’t deserve any sympathy.

  • Pro_Whitey

    That’s enough karma to make me become a Hindu, or a Buddhist, or whoever believes in that karma crud. Couldn’t have happened to a more fitting target.

    • Sloppo

      I believe several religious belief systems teach that “you reap what you sow”.

  • Katherine McChesney

    Too funny. Probably some of mandela’s sons redistributing the wealth.

  • Spartacus

    Did they steal his watermelons ?

  • Strike_Team

    If there is a Hell, Tuto is headed there on a rail to join Mandela, Joe Slovo, and a list too long to mention.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    Wasn’t this guy big in the news back when Reagan was president? Maybe it’s time for him to join Mandela where there hopefully ain’t no burglars.

    • QuinnTheEskimo9

      Yes, there are many burglars and other criminals where Mandela is. All are righteously burning in eternity.

  • Strider73

    A black South African won the marathon at the 1996 Olympics. Within days of returning home his gold medal was stolen. Can’t recall if it was due to a burglary or a mugging.

    • Turf_Lodge

      Clearly a burglary!

  • Who Me?

    “The burglars knew he was 800 miles away at the time” and “the house was not pillaged”. Well, the burglars musta been white, since blacks would rather stage a home invasion, rape his wife, kill Tutu himself, and totally ransack the house.

    • IstvanIN

      Blacks prefer to rape and kill Whites.

      • Who Me?

        True, but there are not enough whites to go around in Africa–probably part of why they refuse to be repatriated…

        • Paleoconn

          When there’s only one White left in SA, there will still be ‘enough Whites left in SA’ for the blacks to victimize.

    • 1stworlder

      if they are going to rape someone why go for an old black woman?

      • Who Me?

        Maybe not, but they sure go for old white women, and there have been a few reports of them actually raping old black women, even their own grandmothers, for god’s sake! They are just worse than animals.

        • David Ashton

          Not unknown for a few to have raped elderly white women in “England”.

          As for young women, look up “Jack Rolling”.

          • Who Me?

            And the “perceived slight” could be something like looking at them the wrong way…or NOT looking at them… With blacks you can’t win for losing.

      • They do. Rape is so widespread that it is a serious issue in the spread of HIV in black Africa.

        • Turf_Lodge

          If you rape a child, your AIDS gets cured.

  • [Guest]

    >>>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.

    Oh, but I thought South Africa had become a paradise on earth thanks to saints Mandela and Tutu.

  • QuinnTheEskimo9

    “Anti-apartheid icon Desmond Tutu was burgled”

    Enjoy the fruits of your labor.

    “…his aide Roger Friedman said.”

    Must be his handler. “Roger Freidman” is black, right?

    • Bill

      I was wondering the same thing, too.

  • King of My Castle

    The first sentence of the article says it all. These animals steal from one another, murder one another, and abuse one another just like they sold one another into slavery two centuries ago.

  • Lagerstrom

    I’d say they weren’t White, but the ‘legacy of Apartheid’ will be to blame nonetheless.

  • David Ashton

    “The most significant world statesman during the past century” (BBC bigwig James Harding), but you can’t fool all the people all the time.

  • David Ashton

    Tutu showed some guts when personally intervening to stop a necklacing but he always sounds just like a very palefaced “dear vicar” in the “Church” of “England”.

  • Paleoconn

    As Bart Simpson would say, the ironing is so rich.

  • Paleoconn

    Come again? The % chance of the burglars being a given race is not the same as the % of that race in the population. Otherwise, in the US, the odds of any murder being perpetrated by a black would be a piddling 13%.

  • Cold_Gravy

    “And today it was claimed that a sign language interpreter who stood next
    to the podium throughout the service was in fact a fraud, waving his
    hands around without making any sense for deaf people.”

    He was not the only fraud there.

  • Cold_Gravy

    Nice to see it’s business as usual.

  • Cold_Gravy

    Nice to see it’s business as usual.

  • The burglars were described as wearing blue jackets.

  • ms_anthro

    “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.”

    Note the casual propaganda in this sentence, as though external factors are to blame for the rampant crime there. No, home invasions are common in South Africa because South Africa is full of blacks.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    Ah the wonders of Afreaka.

  • schmenz

    Burn, baby, burn.

  • dd121

    I think the story about the psychotic guy hired by the black anc president to translate the Mandela speeches into sign language is the funniest. He didn’t know any sign language just made random gestures. This is what a black run world looks like.