Desmond Tutu’s daughter ‘tried to hijack one of his trusts’

South African retired archbishop Desmond Tutu‘s daughter reportedly tried to “hijack” one of his trusts in the latest of a series of public spats revealing the cleric’s turbulent family life.

The Desmond Tutu Peace Trust was quietly shut down earlier this year, amid reports that Tutu’s daughter Mpho Tutu was allegedly at odds with other board members of the trust, which was in the process of raising funds to construct a peace centre in Cape Town.

“We decided to just wind up the organisation without embarrassing the archbishop,” said Saki Macozoma, board member and prominent businessmen, told the Sunday Times, a South African newspaper. “I really don’t want to talk about that woman’s behaviour.”

The trust was ended after the board members and Ms Tutu came to an “amicable” solution, according to former board chair Dumisa Ntsebeza, speaking to the Sunday Times. It has been replaced by the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, which is now run by Ms Tutu.

His daughter, an episcopal priest, said in a statement that the peace trust was shut down after it proved too “difficult” to raise funds for a new centre.

“If former members of the peace trust feel unhappy about the processes followed, this would be a matter of considerable sadness to the family,” she said. Roger Friedman, her spokesman, declined to give any further comment on the alleged dispute.

News of the row comes less than a month after 83-year-old Tutu filed criminal charges against his granddaughter Ziyanda Palesa Tutu, accusing her of property damage at their Cape Town home.

The case was opened on May 7, after Ziyanda allegedly used her grandmother’s walking stick to smash crockery valued at approximately R50,000 (£2,700), reported the Weekend Argus, a paper in Cape Town.

Ziyanda took to Twitter to vent her frustration in a series of cryptic and emotional statements including “We are waging war. Truths will be revealed” and “I’m 2 emotional right now but will talk when I’m ready”.


Desmond Tutu’s daughter ‘tried to hijack one of his trusts’
The retired archbishop’s daughter was allegedly at odds with other board members of the Desmond Tutu Peace Trust
Stephanie Findlay
May 31, 2015