Archbishop Desmond Tutu has quit as an Oxfam ambassador, saying he is “deeply disappointed” about the charity’s sex scandal.
The retired church leader said he had taken the decision following allegations of “immorality and possible criminality” at Oxfam.
In a statement, Mr Tutu’s office said: “Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has supported Oxfam International’s good work for many years, most recently as one of its global ambassadors.
“The Archbishop is deeply disappointed by allegations of immorality and possible criminality involving humanitarian workers linked to the charity.
“He is also saddened by the impact of the allegations on the many thousands of good people who have supported Oxfam’s righteous work.”
Mr Tutu’s office has now written to the charity “to inform them of his retirement as a global ambassador”, the statement added.
Oxfam has been engulfed in a sex scandal after it was accused of concealing the findings of an inquiry into claims some of its staff used prostitutes in earthquake-hit Haiti in 2011.
The charity’s former director in Haiti has reportedly hit out at “many lies and exaggerations” – but admitted he does not “deny everything” after being placed at the centre of a prostitution scandal.
Roland van Hauwermeiren, who has become the focus of a sex scandal engulfing the charity, spoke out in an interview with local media in his native Belgium.