Desmond Tutu heritage site on cards

Anna Majavu

Anna Majavu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, pictured, has told the city of Matlosana in North West that if it wants to build a museum at the house where he was born it had to build an old age home as well.

"I do not want a Desmond Tutu heritage site that is nothing more than a monument," he said yesterday.

The municipality, which includes the towns of Klerksdorp and Orkney, is due to launch a Desmond Tutu heritage site next month.

The site is situated around the house, now owned by the Anglican Church, where Tutu was born and spent the first three years of his life.

Tutu, 77, retired as the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town in June 1996, but was named Archbishop Emeritus in July 1996.

He is one of four South Africans to win the coveted Nobel Peace Prize for his campaign for human rights and fight against apartheid.

Others are late ANC president Chief Albert Luthuli and former South African presidents Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk.

The city of Matlosana's Sandy Botha said the municipality would raise an extra R5million to accommodate Tutu's wishes.

The heritage site will also include a Desmond Tutu museum and an IT training centre for youths, run in conjunction with the University of the North.