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Tutu prays for further empowerment of women

Tutu addressed an audience at the Artscape Theatre yesterday which hosted a Women’s Day event.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu with his wife Leah at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town. Picture: Kevin Brandt/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu says he is praying that the political aspirations of leaders don't cloud their judgement.

Tutu addressed an audience at the Artscape Theatre yesterday which hosted a Women's Day event.

In his prayer, Tutu specifically excluded political leaders.

"We're basically not asking you to favour any political party."

Instead he asked for women's issues to be blessed.

"If we could, is to make you is to give a little nudge to the empowerment of women."

Tutu added that political leaders can do more to address violent crimes in communities.