Dalai Lama saga 'bad publicity for SA'

2011-10-05 10:12

Johannesburg - The Dalai Lama's cancellation of his trip to South Africa was a "huge, huge publicity disaster for our country", a political analyst said on Wednesday.

"There's only one Dalai Lama in the world and only one Desmond Tutu in the world and if any country misses the opportunity to host them or to treat them with courtesy, you can bet that that becomes the worst news about that country - and that is exactly what has happened to our country now," said professor Tinyiko Maluleke, executive director at the University of South Africa's (Unisa) research department.

"[It is] a huge, huge publicity disaster for our country."

Maluleke said he was "astounded" at the way the government handled the Tibetan spiritual leader's visa application.

Disrespectful


The Dalai Lama announced on Tuesday that he had cancelled a planned trip to South Africa to attend Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu's 80th birthday celebrations at the weekend.

He had cancelled the trip because no visa had been granted to him.

"I think it is quite astounding that the Dalai Lama is refused entry into this country, it doesn't make sense at all," Maluleke told SAfm.

"I think that the government is disrespectful of us, the citizens of this country. At least by now, they should have issued an explanation as to why they have behaved the way they have done, and not just to the Dalai Lama or to Tutu, but to the citizens of this country."

He said it would have been in South Africa's interest to host the Dalai Lama.

"It's probable that China has put some pressure on the government. We don't know, but at the end of the day it is not about China, it is about South Africa.

Sad day in South Africa

"Why is South Africa allowing itself to act in this manner when it has the history that it has, the Constitution that it has... led by the government of a liberation movement. Why is South Africa doing this? I think it is quite sad day in South Africa."

It is widely believed the government had buckled under pressure from China - its biggest trading partner - which deems the Tibetan spiritual leader a "splittist" and discourages foreign leaders from hosting him.

Tutu made front-page headlines on Wednesday after responding angrily to the visa debacle and saying that he would pray for the downfall of the ANC.

"I think that the archbishop's reaction is quite understandable... it's a reaction of anger and disappointment. I think all those words about praying for the downfall of the ANC government are really a signal of frustration," said Maluleke.

- SAPA
Read more on:    unisa  |  dalai lama  |  desmond tutu
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
147 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Be open, network and share your intentions and ideas as these may be the vital seeds to the imminent change that can be starting...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.