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

"You must show the world that we are disciplined."


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?