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Tutu's son facing eviction

2010-03-13 22:30

Johannesburg - Trevor Tutu, the son of legendary anti-apartheid activist, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, is being evicted from his home in Illovo, the Sunday Times reported on Saturday.

The young Tutu, 53, moved in to a three-bedroom townhouse bordering the Wanderers Golf Club in 2007, but has allegedly not paid rent since October last year and owes his landlord more than R100 000.

The townhouse owner, Mike Short, a senior vice president for industry affairs at SA Breweries in London, has since gone to court in a bid to have Tutu evicted.

Short was quoted saying that it was "upsetting" that somebody from such a "noble" family could behave in such a way.

Tutu's lease contract was cancelled in September last year due to non-payment, Short's attorney, Louise van Helden told the paper.

However, Tutu is opposing the eviction.

The paper quoted Tutu saying he had withheld the monthly rental of R12 500 because Short refused to secure the premises after a break-in at the house last year.