South African ANC Government obeys China and denies Dalai Lama visa for third time!

Nobel Laureate Dalai Lama denied visa to SA for a third time

CAPE TOWN, Sept 4 — South Africa has refused to grant a visa for the Dalai Lama to attend the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Cape Town next month, his representative said today.

The government “conveyed by phone to me they will not be able to grant the visa for the reason that it would disturb relations between China and South Africa,” Nangsa Choedon told AFP.

The refusal could see a boycott by other laureates of the 14th annual peace summit, a spokesman for South African laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu said. — AFP

This is the third time the South African ANC Government has caved-in and obeyed China’s wishes.


Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama touch heads with India’s Karnataka state Chief Minister Siddaramaiah during celebrations marking the Dalai Lama’s 78th birthday in Bylakuppe on July 6, 2013. — AFP pic

His Holiness had been invited to attend the 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates next month, for the first time being held in Cape Town, the Cape Times reported.

The summit is being arranged by a local organising committee formed by the foundations representing the four South African laureates, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, FW de Klerk and Albert Luthuli.

The Dalai Lama’s representative in South Africa says the international relations and co-operations department had contacted her in the past week to say he would not be granted a visa.

When asked by News24 for comment, the international relations spokesperson, Nelson Kgwete, refused to speak on the matter and said all statements would come from the department’s top spokesperson, Clayson Monyela, who is currently on business in China.

In February, the Chinese government had reacted in anger as Barack Obama ignored their request to not meet with the exiled Tibetan leader.

In April, Norwegian authorities were left torn between a planned visit by the Dalai Lama to Oslo and warming up its chilly ties with China, AFP reported.


His Holiness the Dalai Lama (Charles Rex Arbogast, AP)

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    South African Communist Party Press Statement on cancelled Dalai Lama`s visit to South Africa
    7 September 2014

    The South African Communist Party has noted reports in the media about another planned, but subsequently cancelled, visit by the Dalai Lama to our country. The SACP in fact welcomes the cancellation of this planned visit. The aim of the visit by the Dalai Lama to our shores is to pursue his agenda of a secession from China. In fact the SACP calls upon government not to grant the Dalai Lama a visa to visit our country.

    The SACP wishes, for the record, to reiterate its attitude and stance towards the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama has been relentlessly pursuing an agenda for Tibet to secede from China. As the SACP we are opposed to this, as there is only one China and that Tibet, like Taiwan, has always been part of China. In addition, China had, for decades, stood with us in our struggle against apartheid and refused to recognise the apartheid agenda to balkanise our country into a `white` South Africa and several Bantustans. We similarly refuse to be associated with an agenda that is aimed at undermining the sovereignty and national unity of China.

    The SACP also stands opposed to the Dalai Lama`s agenda to use the political prestige of visiting South Africa to try and legitimate his secessionist agenda. The Dalai Lama has recently acknowledged that in the 1960s he was covertly being funded by the CIA (U.S), basically in pursuance of this agenda, and had led an unsuccessful violent revolt in Tibet. It is a fact that, contrary to ideological claims by his supporters and the opposition parties, the Dalai Lama`s hands and history are not clean!

    The SACP also calls upon our media to desist from disinformation on this matter and tell the South African people all sides of the story about the Dalai Lama, and not this one-sided, sanitised and biased story about the Dalai Lama. On this matter let South African media give us a break from Western imperialist propaganda!

    The Dalai Lama is not a monk and spiritual leader only; he is a man with a perverted political agenda.

    Issued by the SACP