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Allow Dalai Lama to come to SA - De Klerk

2011-09-16 19:00

Johannesburg - Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama should be allowed to come to South Africa, former president FW De Klerk said on Friday.

"South Africa must decide on two things, is it an open society and secondly does it really respect religious figures?," De Klerk said in Johannesburg.

"In an open society he should be allowed to come."

He said the Dalai Lama was a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and there was no justification for not granting him a visa.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has invited the Dalai Lama, who was refused entry into the country two years ago, to his 80th birthday celebrations in Cape Town on October 7.

Tutu warned that the government would "shoot itself in the foot" by again refusing his fellow Nobel Peace laureate entry into South Africa.

On Tuesday, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said South Africa was mulling the visa application by the Dalai Lama.

In 2009, South Africa barred the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader from visiting the country to attend a peace conference, for fear of jeopardising ties with China, a key trade partner.

The Dalai Lama has lived in exile in India since fleeing Tibet during a failed uprising in 1959.

He accepts Chinese rule, but Beijing accuses him of being a separatist and opposes his regular meetings with foreign leaders.

Comments
  • Sam - 2011-09-16 19:34

    SA has change my man, our new master is China. What they say, goes

  • bryan hurd - 2011-09-16 20:11

    A few years ago the Dalai lama stayed at Durban's royal hotel for some time,and at more than one lunch Zuma was there as well,not together but at the same time,no one made a fuss of either of them and not a reporter in sight or news report on the lama ,strange that there is a fuss and that the Dalai Lama gets crowds now...mmm

      Sam - 2011-09-16 20:32

      Back then we could invite anyone, remember we invited Kabila and Rebels. Now we have to please our masters boosh...

  • Jay Johnson - 2011-09-16 21:34

    Lame. The Chinese are paying bribes to top ANC government officials to deny the visa to the Dalai Lama.

  • sabc10 - 2011-09-17 10:38

    Ironically prior to 1994 one of South Africa's masters was Taiwan and Germany....

  • JohnPicarra - 2011-09-21 21:06

    The Dalai Lama must get a visa to Botswana! Yep. Down with the imperialist chinese communist party, down! Viva the People of China, Viva! Down with the chinese imperialist mercenary invasion, down! Viva the People of Xinjiang, Viva! Out with the chinese imperialist mercenary army and police, out! Viva the People of Tibet, Viva! Out han settler, out! Viva the People of China, Viva! Out the han invader troop, out! Viva the People of Xinjiang, Viva! Out the han invader policeman, out! Viva the People of Tibet, Viva! Boycott China, boycott! Viva the People of China, Viva! Sanction China, sanction! Viva the People of Xinjiang, Viva! Stop the Baby Genocide, stop! Viva the People of Tibet, Viva! Viva Taiwan, Viva!

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