South Africa still denying the Dalai Lama a visa

6 Oct

Old Man No Visa For You

And South Africa Still Says No To The Dalai Lama Application

6 October 6, 2011

By Charlotte Chatukuta

Tenzin Gyatso the Dalai Lama a religious and spiritual leader who was supposed to attend the birthday party of fellow spiritual leader and friend the aged bishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu may not after all attend the birthday party he was scheduled to attend as the South African government has been denying him the visa into the country. Speculations have risen that this is because of the close ties that are arising between South Africa and China as the Dalai Lama has been living in exile in India after fleeing from China as he is a leader of the Tibetan uprisings.

Apparently this is not the first time that he has been denied the visa by South Africa in 2009 he was denied again and this year his application has been pending since August and thus resulted in him withdrawing his visa application. What can take a visa application that long if South Africa wants the Dalai Lama in the country? South Africa has been condemned by the Human Rights Watch over the Dalai Lamas visa refusal. South Africa is denying the refusal blaming the Dalai Lama for not using the original copies of his passport and withdrawing his visa application.

The Noble Price Committee has been protesting in favour of the Dalai Lama to be granted access into the country for his Saturday speech in Cape Town. Mr Thabo Masebe the government spokesperson says there has not been any application received but Mr Clayton Monyela a spokesperson for the department of international Relations and Cooperation said they received the application and they are still considering granting it.But would south Africa deny The Dalai Lama a visa unless they are covering up their ties for a relationship with the Chinese one has to wonder whether tea and cupcakes will be shared between the Dalai Lama and the Bishop?


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