Dalai Lama denied visa to SA for a third time

2014-09-04 08:49

Cape Town - For a third time in five years the Dalai Lama has been denied a visa to South Africa, reports said on Thursday.

He 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.

And in a new twist, other Nobel Peace Laureates say they will also not attend the summit if the Dalai Lama is denied entry into the country.

But FW De Klerk’s foundation says the laureates should attend and protest there.

It is widely believed that the reason the Dalai Lama has been denied visas to the country is because of South Africa’s relations with China.

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.

Monyela is on business in China.

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.

  • Splunken Gobblesmack - 2014-09-04 08:54

    "Monyela is on business in China." Enough said.

      brad.osner - 2014-09-04 09:39

      Haha exactly

      trev2 - 2014-09-04 10:08

      I thought SA was an independent country. This shows that we are effectively becoming a colony of China, obeying the orders of our Chinese masters. I guess all that Africa has fought for, i.e. freedom from colonialism and imperialism, has come to nought.

      Erich Goosen - 2014-09-04 10:20

      Now we know the real reason for Zumpie's visit to China.

  • Ann Murray - 2014-09-04 08:54

    It looks like the government is once more kowtowing to the Chinese masters. Clearly they are not having a man of his stature of peace have any influence in our country.

      Amos Quito - 2014-09-04 09:09

      The new colonial master, no longer the west.

  • Claire Rees645 - 2014-09-04 08:56

    So yet agsin he is not being issued with a Visa because that will jeopardize our "relationship" with China. Way to go to SA government so Chinese government dictates to us who we can and cannot have in this country.

      Jonathan Woods - 2014-09-04 09:51

      And have you noticed how SA has become a dumping ground for all the crap that we DON'T need from china ?

      Genet Joobs - 2014-09-04 10:23

      I haven't noticed Arch Tutu defending the Dalai or criticising anc.

      Tersia Louw - 2014-09-04 11:10

      Genet, give him a moment. He complained long and loudly the first time and even longer and louder the second time, because he had invited His Holiness to his (Tutu's) 80th birthday celebrations. Watch this space.

  • Peter Van Rensburg - 2014-09-04 08:57

    howzit my CHINA!

      brad.osner - 2014-09-04 09:40


  • Mo - 2014-09-04 08:57

    Doesn't he know he just has to pay R150 at the border? They'll let him in, no worries. FREEEE JOBS FOR AALLLLL!!!

  • Bruwer - 2014-09-04 08:59

    All Dictators and human abuse culprits are welcome , what a joke this anc is.

  • Alan December - 2014-09-04 08:59

    The Dali Lama should just land in Zim and walk across the border like so many others do on a daily basis. No Visa required.

  • Andrea Seaton - 2014-09-04 09:00

    Shocking...sorry many South Africans would love him to visit... ANC get your act together this is a Man of Peace.... you let every other hooligan / murderer into this country ... why not a man of PEACE !

  • John Egeonu - 2014-09-04 09:00

    Sorry man, unfortunately China has bought this country and all activities of the government of s a is now been dictated by the Chinese, in the near future any government official of this country who could not speak chinese will be fired.

  • stephan.steyn1 - 2014-09-04 09:03

    we all know China owns South Africa really...

  • Lorraine Golding - 2014-09-04 09:04

    A man of integrity, peace and goodwill - not welcome into the corrupt, evil criminal culture of this country. That figures.

  • Mickey Beukes - 2014-09-04 09:05

    China, the future rulers of the world

  • Gary Guy - 2014-09-04 09:06

    Dali Lama, Noble peace prize winner denied visa. Robert Mugabe - human rights violator right on our door step, welcomed with open arms. Proudly brought to you by the ANC!!

  • Mark Schulz - 2014-09-04 09:06

    Chinese puppets. You have merely traded a white hand for a yellow one. I didn't hear anyone of these fools complain that hosting Fidel Castro would hurt our relationship with the USA, the same country King Fool Zuma was bowing and scraping in a few weeks ago for an extension of import tariff exemptions.

  • Clint Hufkie - 2014-09-04 09:06

    The ANC sold out for the almighty Yuan.

      Andrew Mnguni - 2014-09-04 09:52

      South Africa for sale R2 deposit

  • Steven Healey - 2014-09-04 09:06

    Our beloved government dont want to p@ss off the chinese.

  • Nurene Jassiem-Marcus - 2014-09-04 09:06

    This is absurd and an insult to peace-loving people

  • StormyWeather - 2014-09-04 09:07

    ANC - you disgust me! If you truly knew how to play politics and the Global relations game you would be capable of telling China that it has nothing to do with them as to who visits our country. Do you think China would give a rats ass if you, as in the ANC, said that you were totally against someone visiting their country? Idiots!

  • Justanother Numty - 2014-09-04 09:07

    It is often said that we judge a persons character by the quality of his friends. Have a look, world - South Africa friends : China, the pinnacle of Democracy and Human Rights! Have a look, world! Look at the quality of the people that the South African majority consider to be leaders! And laugh! Or cry, or puke. or just shake your head in shame and be grateful that the majority of your country wasn't running around in skins 400 years ago.

      Jonathan Woods - 2014-09-04 10:01

      The irony is that many of those countries whose people fought against apartheid have now almost been overrun by foreign immigrants in their own countries because of their bleeding heart liberal views.

  • Emma Sanderson - 2014-09-04 09:08

    My respect to the Nobel peace laureates. How childish are the Chinese - have they not graduated from grade 1? If you are friends with them you can't be friends with me? Shame on our govt! Where are your principle and integrity?

  • Luzuko Blazzanha Dinga - 2014-09-04 09:09

    Leave the old man alone

  • Matthew Lance Shuttleworth - 2014-09-04 09:10


  • mark1 - 2014-09-04 09:10

    Very sick government we have !!!

  • Pooty Tag Sapataw - 2014-09-04 09:11

    China said no period....

  • Douglas Ross - 2014-09-04 09:11

    Would love to see all the protests when more and more low level jobs get lost to Chinese immigrants, cause our government is going to "sell" RSA to the Chinese

  • Lums Zindela - 2014-09-04 09:12

    Dalai lama, next time you want to come here you must tell them you are Dali lama-gupta and you'll get a visa to zumaland, the waterkloof air force base will be made ready for you to land

  • Le Thabo - 2014-09-04 09:12

    Don't act surprised. It was always gonna happen. We can't upset our BRICS big brother (China). Its not in our best interest to do so.

  • Gunnar Foshaugen - 2014-09-04 09:13

    And yet our norwegian government was secretly planning an apology to China for giving the peace prize. Without informing the norwegian people of course. Its all about the money.

  • Orleans Sindane - 2014-09-04 09:13

    But Chinese get Visas to do Rhino poaching.

  • Pooty Tag Sapataw - 2014-09-04 09:13

    All you all can blame the ANC all you want.No one want to piss of China not even the WEST.

      Chez Kri - 2014-09-04 09:24

      That is NOT true. The Dalai Lama has been to America and Australia in the last 2 years. Both those countries have very strong business ties to China. They just don't have their heads buried so far up the Chinese @rse as Booma has.

  • KevinKing - 2014-09-04 09:15

    Democracy? Not a chance in HELL!

  • Mthandazo Mk Nkiwane - 2014-09-04 09:16

    what is so speacial abt this dalai lama guy?

      Andrea Seaton - 2014-09-04 09:21

      He is a man of Peace...that is what is so special... something our Government know nothing about... peace...honesty ..need I say more

      Pietro Mariani - 2014-09-04 09:27

      you have the internet go read up about the Dalai Lama's

      Andrew Mnguni - 2014-09-04 09:33 such a dumb like yo father Zuma (shower head) not to know the importance of Dalai Lama

      Lindsay Craig Coryndon-Baker - 2014-09-04 09:50

      He is the spiritual leader of Tibet living in exile as his country has been COLONISED by China; as Pietro says read up on internet and you will find similarities with apartheid South Africa though on a far far worse scale

      Jonathan Woods - 2014-09-04 10:10

      In fact Nkiwane, take Lindsay's advice to see what you can look forward to under Chinese colonisation. You think apartheid was bad, you haven't seen anything like how the Chinese will put you back into slavery !

      Nceba Mbane - 2014-09-04 10:17

      Mthandazo, thandaza ingqondo yakho ivuleke. Dalai Lama spiritual leader of Tibet, but leads leads Tibetans' struggle to free them from the clutches of Chinese subjugation, which sujugation seemimngly ANC is busy delivering us to, by the way. Dalai Lama is Tibetan freedom fighter, but without use of violence. Remember "freedom fighter", thats what we were not so long ago, while seemingly our governing party anc has forgotten the meaning of the word. FREEDOM.

  • Michael Ndalama Mwale - 2014-09-04 09:18

    The ANC is run by a bunch of immoral Africans with no principles at all, except the worshipping of money and power for their own personal gratification. It really does not deserve the respect of decent people.

  • Leon E Young - 2014-09-04 09:20

    Lol,lol,lol,the ANC is afraid of China!

  • Talita Schoeman - 2014-09-04 09:27

    Africa belongs to China...Their money is good enough!!

  • Piet Pompies - 2014-09-04 09:28

    I don't know why he do all that effort. he should just fly to Zimbabwe and walk over the border.

  • Stef Terblanche - 2014-09-04 09:33

    Incredible how one single man can be such a giant thorn in the flesh of mighty China.

  • Malcolm86 - 2014-09-04 09:35

    ANC a liberation movement?? Yeah bloody right!! Disgusting savages!

  • BLUESILVER2012 - 2014-09-04 09:35

    China is the ANC/Zuma's new Baas, you swopped one Baas for another Bass...LMAO....

  • Phillys Winterbottom - 2014-09-04 09:35

    Notice how there is not a squeak from the cANCer or that retard in CT from cosatu tony dip-shyte ehenricht about this....... they who squeal loudly about atrocities in the middle east when 2000 palestinians are killed, yet not a peep for Tibet who has lost over 1.2 million of their people, all murdered by the occupying colonialist regime called China!!!! and Tibet was not firing the 2800 rockets or 1700 mortars that hamas has fired on Israel in 2014 alone!!! nope...... this crowd of self righteous struggle buddies are bought and paid for by China!!!!

  • Dikgang Dkay Ntono - 2014-09-04 09:36

    Shouldn't we be living in a Democratic country?

  • NoAbsolutes - 2014-09-04 09:37

    So China dictates SA foreign policy.

  • David Broadfoot - 2014-09-04 09:38

    Very simple solution. Hold the summit in another country and deny S. AFRICA a visa . Imagine the upraor :-D:-D:-D

  • June Francis - 2014-09-04 09:40

    Just reveals how two faced our Government is. Yet the sheeples still vote for them. The cANCer are backstabbing ,low life with no morals and values. Does China also tell SA when to stand and when to sit. DA and EFF make their lives hell for this rubbish in Parliament. We the people demand that the Dalai Lama be provided with an open Visa to SA.

  • Nathan Stern - 2014-09-04 09:40

    Such a shame that the ANC is now on the same level as the BDS

  • John Tribelhorn - 2014-09-04 09:41

    Has your beloved Zuma been with a Chinese bird lately?

  • Saleem Dawood - 2014-09-04 09:42


  • Miss Mica - 2014-09-04 09:42

    Oh how convenient that Monyela is away on "business" - and in China of all places!! #OhTheIrony

  • Neil Roberts - 2014-09-04 09:45

    Why does he even need a visa? Our country is overloaded with people running not even walking over our borders.Do we really have a democratic constitution? We do not even hear about the selling tool of the 80's anymore -The freedom charter.

  • Steven Swart - 2014-09-04 09:47

    We do not want to piss off China now do we?