« Tutu and his wife Leah withdrew charges of malicious damage to property against their granddaughter, Ziyanda Tutu, 30, in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court.
A smiling Tutu and Leah left court holding hands after several hours of mediation, waving to the press.
Inside court Ziyanda appeared to be relieved when the charges were withdrawn.
She refused comment but her lawyer, Anèl du Toit, said: « The case was settled outside court amicably by all the parties.
« The charges have been dropped but obviously the conditions of the mediation are privileged and we will not make any comment on them. »
Although the family kept quiet about the details, it is understood that the charges related to an incident at the Tutus’ Milnerton home in which Ziyanda allegedly destroyed a prized tableware collection, worth R50000, with her grandmother’s walking stick during a heated argument in May. » (Extrait de timeslive.co.za )