Desmond Tutu's Nobel Peace Prize - a gold medal said to be worth more than R1-million - is among items recovered after a break-in at his Soweto home at the weekend.
The low-key burglary at the house in Orlando West's famous Vilakazi Street has resulted in the arrests of five suspects.
Police spokesperson Superintendent Thembi Nkwashu said the break-in was discovered early yesterday morning by Tutu's domestic worker, who unlocked the house at 7.30am and discovered that it had been ransacked.
"She had left the house on Saturday at about 2pm and arrived back at work on Sunday morning," said Nkwashu.
The domestic worker saw that a lot of items were missing and went to report the case at the Orlando police station
"We started working on this case immediately and just after midnight - at 12.23am to be exact - we made our first arrests," said Nkwashu.
Four men were apprehended in Orlando East as they sat in a Nissan Sentra. They were taken into custody after a number of stolen items were found in their possession.
This first arrest led to another breakthrough a short while later when police arrested a fifth man at the Dube hostel in Soweto. Some more of the property taken from Tutu's house was recovered.
This morning the items were being held at the Orlando police station.
Recovered items being held include the Nobel medal and some other prizes the archbishop emeritus has been awarded for his peacemaking efforts, such as the Martin Luther King Junior Non-Violent Peace Prize, jewellery, television sets and DVDs.
By Gill Gifford The Star