Crime-Ridden South Africa: Tutu’s House Robbed During Mandela Memorial

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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There are few better juxtapositions that show what a disaster South Africa has become than Tutu’s house being burglarized while he sings Mandela’s praises.

Anti-apartheid icon Desmond Tutu was burgled while he was paying tribute to Nelson Mandela at yesterday’s memorial service.

The thieves apparently targeted his home in the suburbs of Cape Town in the knowledge that he was more than 800 miles away at the ceremony in Johannesburg.

It is the second time in four months that the former Archbishop of Cape Town has been the victim of burglars.

Twice in four months.

Mr Tutu, 82, gave the closing prayers at yesterday’s ceremony to the former president in Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium.

He urged South Africans to follow Mandela’s example, saying: ‘I want to show the world we can come out here and celebrate the life of an icon.’

Apparently not. Because even prominent celebrated black South Africans can’t leave their house without being robbed. Repeatedly.

Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu reprimanded a rowdy crowd at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service on Tuesday.

“I want to show the world we can come out here and celebrate the life of an icon,” a visibly angry Tutu shouted at the crowd at the FNB Stadium. “You must show the world that we are disciplined. I want to hear a pin drop.”

As he spoke, some people in the crowd started talking, and Tutu pointed at them and shouted. “We promise God that we are going to follow the example of Nelson Mandela,” he said.

I think South Africa has shown the world already. But when Obama and Cameron are clowning around at the memorial, what can anyone expect from South Africans?

  • truebearing

    Yet another dismal result of the Left’s version of liberating the masses. They promise shared wealth but ignore shared responsibility. They assume individual responsibility isn’t necessary when all citizens passively comply with every governmental mandate, but that, along with the shared wealth, never happens.There is a moral vacuum in “utopia,” which is why it will never be utopia.

  • StanleyT

    Ah, divine justice! Tutu falls victim to his very own mini crime wave. It couldn’t happen to anybody more deserving.

  • Drakken

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH I am laughing so hard at the rich irony of it all. Tutu you deserve it and more! hahahahahaha

    • UCSPanther

      Peace and hope for all mankind as the criminals are running wild and terrorizing everyone.

      Goes to show, that you can preach peace, love and hope all you want, but in the end, you cannot change human nature.

  • Biff Henderson

    When a strong man armed keeps his palace, his goods are in peace: But
    when a stronger than he shall come on him, and overcome him, he takes from him all his armor wherein he trusted, and divides his spoils. Luke 11: 21-22

    If holding on to worldly comforts is your primary focus the above passages can be taken literally.

    When a strong man armed,…. By the strong man, is meant the devil; See Gill on Matthew 12:29 and who may be said to be “armed”, both with his own temptations, which are as fiery darts, and which are thrown by him thick and fast, suddenly and swiftly, privily, and with great art and cunning, and with great strength, and are very injurious; and also with the sins and lusts of men, which are armor of unrighteousness, and which Satan turns upon them, and makes use of against them, to their great detriment; and who keepeth his palace: which is the corrupt heart of an unregenerate man, where he dwells as a king, has his
    throne, keeps his court, and has his courtiers, and attendants, the lusts of the flesh, and the desires of the will, and the carnal affections; and which, as filthy a palace as it is, is perfectly agreeable to his nature; and this is kept by a guard of devils, and worldly lusts, till its strong holds are demolished by the Gospel, and Christ the King of glory enters in; till such time, his goods are in peace: there is no concern in such an heart about sin, no uneasiness on that account, no sense of danger, nor inquiry after salvation; no dread upon the mind at the curses of the law, nor fears of hell, and damnation; but such a man lives in entire security, crying Peace, Peace, to himself. – Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible

    The soul that desires the peace that comes with salvation turns to God and worldly goods lost to the devil’s own is a trifling matter. Desmond Tutu could use his loss as a teachable moment or bemoan the violation of his throne on earth. How he responds is the only way to judge the character of a man.

  • Hass

    Ha! It couldn’t have happened to a nicer POS.