Desmond Tutu's home burglarized while he was at Mandela memorial

Desmond Tutu's home burglarized while he was at Mandela memorial

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South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu pauses for a moment during a media briefing on December 6, 2013 in Cape Town, a day after the death of his friend and former South African President Nelson Mandela. Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, died in Johannesburg on December 5 at age 95. Mandela, who was elected South Africa's first black president after spending nearly three decades in prison, had been receiving treatment for a lung infection at his Johannesburg home since September, after three months in hospital in a critical state. AFP PHOTO / JENNIFER BRUCE

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by Associated Press

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Posted on December 11, 2013 at 4:32 PM

JOHANNESBURG -- Retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s home was robbed while he was away to attend the memorial honoring Nelson Mandela, police said Wednesday, marking the third time in recent years thieves have targeted him.

Robbers hit Tutu’s home in Cape Town Tuesday after nightfall—the same day the Nobel Peace Prize laureate spoke at the memorial service honoring his fellow anti-apartheid fighter Mandela in Johannesburg.

No arrests had been made so far, a police statement said. It provided no further details, citing the ongoing investigation.

Tutu’s spokesman, Roger Friedman, confirmed the robbery. Tutu and his wife couldn’t immediately establish what had been stolen, he said.

Tutu campaigned against white minority rule in South Africa. The 82-year-old was a close friend of Mandela, who died Dec. 5 at age 95. Tutu chaired South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which aimed at exposing the full horrors of apartheid and help the country heal the wounds of its violent past.

Burglaries are not rare in South Africa, where many homes feature barred windows and electric fencing.

In August, robbers broke into Tutu’s Cape Town home while he and his wife Leah were sleeping. The two weren’t harmed. In 2007, thieves broke into his home in Johannesburg’s Soweto township and stole, among other things, his Nobel Prize medal. Police later recovered it.

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