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Desmond Tutu's daughter suspended from parents' foundation

The call for the Arch's daughter to step aside comes after she wed Marceline van Furth in December.

Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu wed Professor Marceline Furth in the Netherlands. Picture: Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation.
Desmond Tutu,Mpho Tutu
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CAPE TOWN – Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu's daughter Mpho has been suspended from her parents' legacy foundation.

A Sunday newspaper revealed the board found her marriage to a Dutch professor - with ties to the charity -could be a possible conflict of interest.

The call for the Arch's daughter to step aside comes after she wed Marceline van Furth in December.

Van Furth is the Desmond Tutu chair of Medicine at the Vrije University in the Netherlands.

It's understood Reverend Mpho abdicated from her role as executive director of her parents' foundation last week.

The move is pending a process to tighten administrative procedures and mitigate the potential for perceived conflicts of interest between the foundation and its partners.

Her leadership was brought into question after her marriage to a Dutch professor who heads an Amsterdam university medical centre linked to the Desmond and Leah foundation.

According to reports, van Furth is believed to have secured a donation of around 35 million rand for the foundation three years ago.

The foundation says while Tutu is not believed to have misappropriated funds, “the outcomes of the process will determine the future.”

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)

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