Burglars Break into Desmond Tutu’s Home During Mandela Memorial

Second time the retired South African Archbishop's home has been robbed

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South African Archbishop and Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu speaks during an interview in New Delhi, Feb. 8, 2012.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu’s home was robbed as he attended Nelson Mandela’s memorial service on Tuesday, according to one of his aides.

Roger Friedman, and aide to the retired South African Archbishop, confirmed the break-in but said it was unclear what exactly was taken. The house was not pillaged, and neither Tutu or his wife were at home at the time of the robbery, AFP reports.

“I can confirm that there was a burglary last night,” Friedman said.

Tutu rebuked the crowd for being too loud at Mandela’s memorial service on Tuesday, calling on South Africans honor his passing in silence and follow in the footsteps of the nation’s former president.

This is the second time in five months burglars have broken into Tutu’s home. Tutu and his wife were at home sleeping when robbers hit their home in August, but were unharmed.