Govt: Dalai Lama visa being processed

Cape Town - A visa application by the Dalai Lama for South Africa is still being processed, and has thus not been denied as reported in the media, said international relations and co-operation department spokesperson Clayson Monyela.

Monyela, who is in China on business, tweeted on Thursday: “[The] SA High Commission in India has received a visa application from the Dalai Lama. The application is going [through] due process. No denial.”

Monyela further tweeted that the Dalai Lama’s South African representative was lying when she said that the exiled Tibetan leader’s visa had been denied.

Relations with China

AFP quoted the Dalai Lama's representative in SA, Nangsa Choedon, as saying 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".

The Cape Times reported on Thursday that the Dalai Lama was due to attend a Nobel Peace Laureate summit next month. Other Nobel Peace Laureates have told Archbishop Emirate Desmond Tutu they will not attend the summit if the Dalai Lama is not permitted to enter South Africa.

In February, the Chinese government reacted in anger as US President 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.

- News24
The Illuminated One 2014-09-04 11:43:15 AM
I bet that he will be denied a visa by our corrupt government....(Watch this space)... I wonder what would the ANC Government have done if China or any other government for that matter did not grant a visa to Nelson Mandela?
Lpk Pmc 2014-09-04 11:44:49 AM
The left brain doesn't know what the right brain is doing! Oops sorry - there is no left brain!!
Chris Felton 2014-09-04 11:45:16 AM
Shane, the Goverment thinks we dont know their childish tactics. Just say it is in the process and everyone will forget about it. You will not give him a Visa, this we know. Yet, when Mugabe or any other African leader is denied a visa, they will scream bloody murder.
Jacob Majola 2014-09-04 11:45:35 AM
They are right to not let this guy in the contry, his just making a trouble where he goes.
Charissa Kemp 2014-09-04 11:46:12 AM
Isnt this the same excuses they used last time then bam it was denied?
Jurgen Eksteen 2014-09-04 11:46:32 AM
So what they're actually saying is that the visa will be rejected later and has not yet been rejected. China will not suffer SA to allow this monk entrance.
Roddy Jardim 2014-09-04 11:46:36 AM
Bullsh@t , anc are purposely delaying it so as to satisfy their masters wishes I.e. china
Warren 2014-09-04 11:47:08 AM
1 Oct 2014: "Unfortunately due to the late processing of the Visa application he was unable to attend"
Method 2014-09-04 11:49:41 AM
China's being very childish...
NoAbsolutes 2014-09-04 11:50:32 AM
Deja vu. It took so long to 'process' the visa application the last time (Tutu's birthday 2012) that he was forced to cancel. Quite cowardly really.