Tutu awarded $1m grant

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation says Archbishop Desmond Tutus principals on democracy are very rare.

The Arch, Desmond Tutu. Picture: Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has been awarded a US$1 million (R8,5 million) grant for speaking out against injustices and advocating democracy.

The prize was awarded to the retired Anglican bishop by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation on Thursday.

The iconic leader will receive his award later in 2012.

Foundation chairperson Mo Ibrahim said Tutu has been the voice of reason for decades.

We think he is an exceptional African leader, who for 40 or 50 years, spoke truth to power. We think that is extremely rare.

In August, Tutu withdrew from the Discovery Invest Leadership Summit as he could not share a podium with fellow speaker and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, because of his role in the Iraq war.

According to a statement released by Tutus office at the time, Blair's support of the war in Iraq was morally indefensible.