Desmond Tutu’s House Was Robbed While He Was Attending Nelson Mandela’s Memorial Service

This is the third time since 2007 that burglars have targeted former Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

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While Retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu was attending Nelson Mandela’s memorial service on Tuesday, thieves broke into his home in Cape Town, South Africa, the Associated Press reports. This is the third time in recent memory that robbers have targeted the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, according to reports.

No arrests had been made so far, a police statement said. The investigation is ongoing.

Tutu’s spokesman, Roger Friedman, confirmed the robbery to the AP. Tutu and his wife could not immediately identify what was gone, said Friedman.

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In a previous incident in August, Tutu’s Cape Town home was broken into while he and his wife were sleeping. The two were unharmed.

In 2007, thieves broke into another home, one in Johannesburg’s Soweto township, and stole his Nobel Prize medal, among other belongings. Police later found and returned the prize.

Tutu, 82, dedicated much of his life to fighting against white minority rule in South Africa and was a close friend of Mandela, who died Dec. 5 at age 95. He led South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, where he worked to expose the full horrors of apartheid and helped the nation move beyond its violent past.

Tutu spoke at Mandela’s memorial service, where he said that although he was mourning, god “gave us an incredible gift.”

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