"We are naturally distressed and deeply saddened," Desmond Tutu and his wife said in a statement

By Tierney McAfee
Updated May 15, 2015 04:15 PM

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife have accused their granddaughter Ziyanda Palesa Tutu of property damage.

The retired 83-year-old archbishop, a world-renowned leader in South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement in the 1990s, and wife Leah said in a statement Thursday, “We confirm that a criminal charge has been laid and that police are conducting an investigation,” BBC News reports.

Ziyanda, 30, appeared to comment on the charges on Twitter on Tuesday, saying:

However, she took to Twitter again later that day to say that she would be turning herself in to police on Friday.

On Thursday, she Tweeted:

Cape Town police confirmed Friday that they are investigating a case of “malicious damage to property,” according to the Associated Press. They said Tutu’s wife, Leah, had filed the complaint.

“We are naturally distressed and deeply saddened,” said a statement from the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation. The foundation “hopes and prays that the family will soon be able to put this incident behind it.”