'Crime is a reality'

Tutu’s daughter Mpho says the burglary proves crime is everywhere.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu's daughter Mpho said on Thursday the burglary at her parents' Milnerton home earlier this week proves nobody is sheltered from crime.

Eyewitness News reported this week that thieves gained access to Tutu and his wife Leah's home while they were asleep.

Various small items including keys and remotes were stolen.

Tutu apparently discovered the house had been burgled when he woke up at around 5am on Wednesday morning.

While no one was harmed several small items including keys and remote controls were stolen.

Mpho said crime is a reality.

"It does make for a little anxiety for us as a family. And that's an anxiety that many of us in this country live with."

Meanwhile, Tutu tweeted from his new twitter account on Thursday that he and his family are okay after the incident.

The 81-year-old Nobel Prize winner's fourth tweet, since he took to the social media network for the first time, says:

"Thanks for all the prayers and good wishes about the burglary at our home. We are all okay. Love Arch.Tutu."

His Twitter account has since been suspended allegedly for aggressive following.


This is not the first time the Tutu family has been hit by crime in the area.

In April last year, a domestic worker was killed at the home of Tutu's daughter. Forty-year-old Angila Machinga's body was found inside the Milnerton house with her hands and feet bound.

She'd been stabbed several times.