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Desmond Tutu ‘distressed’ over granddaughter dispute

Published on 15/05/2015

South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu said Friday he was "distressed and deeply saddened" over a family dispute in which his wife has accused his granddaughter of malicious damage to property.

Details of the criminal charge have not been revealed, but the News 24 agency said Tutu’s wife Leah registered the case at Milnerton Police Station in Cape Town a week ago.

Tutu, an anti-apartheid hero respected around the world as a moral authority, issued a brief statement via his foundation confirming that charges had been made against his eldest granddaughter Ziyanda Palesa Tutu, 30.

“Police are conducting an investigation,” he added. “We are naturally distressed and deeply saddened.”

Ziyanda took to Twitter to defend herself and said she would hand herself in to the police.