Discovery won’t ask Tutu for money back

Discovery said it was all systems go for its leadership summit following Archbishop Tutu’s withdrawal.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in South Africa. Picture: SAPA.

JOHANNESBURG - The organisers of the Discovery Invest Leadership Summit on Wednesday said they made a donation to Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu's charity, but they will not be asking for the money back.

On Tuesday, the iconic figure pulled out of the summit saying he could not speak at the same event as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

He said Blair's role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq was "morally indefensible".

Discovery spokesperson Hylton Kallner was tight-lipped when asked for details about whether Tutu was paid for the event.

"We can't disclose the exact details of the contract. We did make a donation to Tutu's trust, but it was made in good faith."

Kallner said it was all systems go for Thursday's summit.

"All the speakers are confirmed and Grand Chess Master Garry Kasparov is already in the country."

Meanwhile, several organisations have asked the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to arrest Blair.

The lobby groups want the former prime minister to be charged with war-crimes at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.