Department: Dalai Lama visa application closed

Johannesburg - The Dalai Lama's visa application in India for entry to South Africa is a closed matter, and he has cancelled his trip, the international relations department said on Thursday.

"The [department] has received written confirmation from the office of His Holiness The Dalai Lama in India indicating that His Holiness has cancelled his planned visit to South Africa," spokesperson Clayson Monyela said in a statement.

The department now considered the matter closed.

Earlier, the Cape Times reported that the Tibetan spiritual leader had again been refused entry to the country, this time for the 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.

The Dalai Lama's representative in South Africa, Nangsa Choedon, said department officials phoned her office in the past week to say they would not be granting the visa. They had not yet received written confirmation.

"For now the Dalai Lama has decided to cancel his trip to South Africa," Choedon was quoted as saying.

The summit, an annual gathering, is being held in Cape Town next month. Arrangements were being made by a local organising committee formed by the foundations representing four South African laureates - Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, FW de Klerk, and Albert Luthuli.

The Cape Times reported that other Nobel Peace Laureates told Tutu they would not come if the Dalai Lama was not permitted to enter the country.

This was the third time in five years the Dalai Lama could not secure a visa to enter South Africa.

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille, who was hosting the event, had instructed city officials to write to the government to establish whether he had been denied a visa.

"We have not heard from them yet, but I will not give up hope that our government will not humiliate the Dalai Lama again," De Lille was quoted as saying.

At the time of the receipt of the notification, the South African High Commission in New Delhi was still processing the visa application in line with due process relating to visa applications.

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Lwandile 2014/09/04 05:56:34 PM
When did he cancell? Was it before or after you've rejected his application? One day ANC will be removed from power just like NP gove was.
jungleboy 2014/09/04 05:58:07 PM
Disgusting. Useless south African government. They should be flogged for being Chinese whores.
Lyndatjie 2014/09/04 06:05:18 PM
Spinning the story in their favour....
Roddy Jardim 2014/09/04 06:07:50 PM
Disgusting , zAnc nothing but a bunch of racist thieves. The human rights abuse Tibet has suffered under china is disgusting and
Frank Jordaan 2014/09/04 06:10:14 PM
We allow the scum of this world into this country where they murder rape and steal but refuse entry to a man of this stature-unbelievable!!!!!
JP Mhle Ngcongo 2014/09/04 06:11:26 PM
There i was thinking Dalai lama was a God somewhere in Asia. Dumb me
merkwaardig 2014/09/04 06:12:18 PM
Seems the ANC is now listening to a new "baas". Pathetic.
David Robert Lewis 2014/09/04 06:16:07 PM
The Dalai Lama was an enormous inspiration during the struggle, his visit to Cape Town was instrumental in the release of Nelson Mandela and foreshadowed the unbanning of political parties, the creation of a Secular Constitution and the unprecedented meeting of the Parliament of the World's Religions. Unfortunately our Christian Normative legal system continues to maintain its iron grip over the country. The state's draconian measures in respect to the Lama need to be resisted.
Michael Seymour 2014/09/04 06:17:18 PM
Please. Its got everything to do with the chinese funding the anc during our border war. Once the anc took the.reins of this country the chinese came a calling for their pound of flesh for their training, money and equipment supplied during that besides iron ore, gold and every other commodity they can get for virtually.nothing fro our goverment, favours, such as denying the dalai lama is just part of the deal.
Dino Goodman 2014/09/04 06:18:12 PM
Why he's causing havoc, and tying to incite his entourage(including gogo tutu and his govt sabotauers). He wants the govt curser(gogo tutu to continue with his bad utterances "trademark" towards my govt.