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Dalai Lama not to attend Mandela funeral

2013-12-08 12:13

Dharamsala - The Dalai Lama, who has twice since 2009 been denied a visa for South Africa, is not planning to attend his fellow Nobel laureate Nelson Mandela's funeral, his spokesperson said on Sunday.

"He has no plans to go," spokesman Tenzin Takhla told AFP in the northern Indian hilltop town of Dharamsala where the Tibetan spiritual leader is headquartered.

Takhla did not say why the Dalai Lama would not attend Mandela's national memorial service on Tuesday or the December 15 burial at his boyhood home of Qunu.

But the Dalai Lama was controversially denied a visa to South Africa in 2011 after being invited to give a lecture as part of celebrations for the 80th birthday of Mandela's fellow anti-apartheid campaigner Desmond Tutu.

It was the second time that Pretoria had denied the Dalai Lama entry after refusing him a visa in 2009.

The Dalai Lama has been based in India since he fled China in 1959 followed a failed anti-Beijing uprising in his homeland.

China seeks to curb his overseas travels, and warns foreign governments that any visit by the spiritual leader would harm relations.

Beijing accuses the Dalai Lama of being a separatist and of fomenting trouble in his homeland. The Dalai Lama says he merely seeks more autonomy for his people though non-violent means.

Comments
  • Estelle Malgas - 2013-12-08 12:27

    Dalai knows for sure he will be denied a visa again as Zuma is in bed with China

  • Colin Fryer - 2013-12-08 12:39

    An opportunity for the government of the day to come up to the pitch and extend an invitation to attend either or both functions. Compassion, respect & dignity were hallmark places to find Madiba and in this moment, with the eyes & ears focused on the folowing week, imagine just how ' useful ' this gesture could be. My bet is that their Eastern Master would not allow this.

  • theJoPot - 2013-12-08 12:39

    South Africa is so far up China's butt... We deny people access because we want to be the "cool kids" in the group.

      Baba - 2013-12-09 14:20

      Fully agree with u bra! Thanx to india for standing for what is right and I am sure that if it was for Madiba He was going to have the opportunity to come to the country.

  • Tlhogi Clifford Tshimega - 2013-12-08 13:21

    Dalai Lama knws the ANC's burning issues,he knws the secrets abt who assissanate who,whre,when,how en why,datz Y they denied him visa access to be in Mzantsi,He ws there wn the plans made....but i won't tel

      Tersia Louw - 2013-12-08 16:12

      What are you waffling about?

      Ayanda Luthuli - 2013-12-11 05:04

      What??? Check your facts before posting. Do you even know anything about the Beijing (China) story?

  • Thomas Thompson - 2013-12-08 13:35

    Yoh,I turn on the tv its Nelson Mandela,I switch on the radio its Nelson Mandela,I read the newspaper its Nelson Mandela,I check my whatsapp and facebook its Nelson Mandela but when I look in my wallet there's No Mandelas

      Feik Mc Heither - 2013-12-08 15:35

      Hahaaaaa, I'm also broke

  • Rory Neil Price - 2013-12-08 13:49

    If funny eyes are going, he will not be allowed as ANC to deep up their backsides

  • Bongiwe Dlutu - 2013-12-08 14:51

    I salute Dalai Lama because he doesn't want to cause trouble, he want people to be in peace,he doesn't force or try luck

  • Mario Kleynhans - 2013-12-08 14:58

    Well done to the ANC! Well played.. Idiots!!

  • Ed Jacobs - 2013-12-08 15:42

    In the African spirit, all are welcome to see a beloved to rest. Bob, our uncle from next door, and the one that's walking Madiba's road, the spiritual leader of Tibet

  • Johan Diedericks - 2013-12-08 18:28

    The ANC banned this man... why should he even try to attend???

  • Sammy Mabena - 2013-12-09 10:44

    WHAT CHINA IS DOING TO THE DALAI LAMA IS THE TOTAL OPPOSITE OF WHAT MANDELA STOOD FOR.......IF WE SOUTH AFRICANS FOLLOW MANDELAS LEGACY OR VALUES THEN MUST CHALLENGE CHINA ON THE DALAI LAMA ISSUE

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