News agency, Cape Town, South Africa
Thursday September 19th 2019

Desmond Tutu Peace Centre to shut down

The Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation, set up by the Emeritus Archbishop 16 years ago, is being wound up. Photo: Steve Kretzmann/WCN


The Desmond Tutu Peace Centre (DTPC) is shutting down.

South African Nobel Laureate Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu and wife Leah founded the centre 16-years ago to leverage their legacy to enable peaceful resolutions to conflict.

But it is now shutting down following Tutu and his wife Leah founding a different entity, the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation (DLTLF), said advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza SC, who chairs the Desmond Tutu Peace Trust.

“The Desmond Tutu Peace Trust (DTPT), whose project the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre (DTPC), is indeed in the process of being wound up in terms of a provision in the Deed of Trust that brought the DTPT into existence,” said Ntsebeza, “the winding up is pursuant to a decision of the founders thereof, who have founded yet another entity.”

He said the winding up process is being undertaken by auditing firm Grant Thornton after which a report will be submitted to the DTPT Board of Trustees.

He said an appropriate report about the origin, the history, the achievements and other details of the DTPT would form part of Grant Thornton’s report, “which I would imagine would, on advice, be made available, to the general public of South Africa and elsewhere, simultaneously and not to selected media entities”.

He declined to provide further details other than to say the time will come when “we will answer all of them (questions), after the auditing firm has done what it has been mandated by the DTPT Board to do”.

Pamela Grayman, a partner at Grant Thornton, confirmed the appointment of the firm to assist in winding up of the trust.

According the foundation’s website, the center’s vision was a world committed to peace, a world in which everyone lives together as family, where everyone is loved, heard, cared for and unique, a world in which everyone matters and the essential good in everyone is manifested.

“We aim to create and maintain a Peace Center that will deliver programs that promote conflict resolution, restore social justice to the marginalized, and inspire leaders to be responsible and committed to the people they serve. We further the understanding that there is essential good in everyone,”

On the other hand, the new Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation harnesses, consolidates, preserves and propagates the values, principles and mission of its founders to contribute sustainably to the creation of a more compassionate world. – Peter Luhanga


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