South African Muslims groups have welcomes Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu move to pull out of the Discovery Invest Leadership Summit because of fellow speaker Tony Blair.
According to reports protests have been planned for Thursday a day Blair is set to address the Summit at the Sandton Convention Center in the commercial city Johannesburg.
Since the former British Prime Minister was picked as one of the speakers at the Summit he has been at the center of controversy among Muslim groups who have for a citizen's arrest against him.
Recently Tutu the Noble Prize winner announced that he could not appear alongside Blair because of his "morally indefensible" decision to lead British force into Iraq in 2003
Speaking to local press Boycott Divestment and Sanction Movement of South Africa (BDSSA) a body which supports Tutu said "Those that are protesting Blair"s presents in South Africa are celebrating the fact that Desmond Tutu has taken this principled decision not to be associated with someone who has been, in many ways , one of the prime people behind several of our modern day wars"
Apart from the Muslim groups South Africa's Congress of Trade Unions (Cosatu) also added its voice to support Tutu's decision.