Dalai Lama visa judgment expected

2012-02-03 07:22

Cape Town - Judgment on the constitutionality of the government's barring of the Dalai Lama from entering the country is expected to be handed down by the Western Cape High Court on Friday.

The Inkatha Freedom Party and the Congress of the People are seeking an order declaring Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma's handling of the matter unlawful and forcing her to treat future applications by the Dalai Lama fairly.

In arguments in December, Judge Dennis Davis questioned whether the application by the IFP and Cope was a "moot" issue, as the Dalai Lama had withdrawn his visa application and had not applied for another.

Davis also said the government had been faced with "difficult questions" before deciding whether to grant the Dalai Lama a visa to visit South Africa.

He reserved judgment.

The Dalai Lama cancelled his intended trip to South Africa to attend Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu's 80th birthday on October 4.

He said he had done so to avoid inconveniencing the South African government.

However, the government's failure to grant the visa sparked a public outcry with Tutu accusing President Jacob Zuma's administration of being "worse than the apartheid government".

IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi has invited the Dalai Lama to visit him this year.

  • Comrade - 2012-02-03 07:38

    GUILTY but what will the sentence be.

  • Paul - 2012-02-03 07:45

    Don't you find it concerning that our government is in the pocket of communist China? It's called free trade, with strings attached. And those strings make Zuma a puppet of Jintao.

  • Stan - 2012-02-03 08:07

    IFP and COpe trying to stay relevant.

  • WigzellRM - 2012-02-03 08:14

    These people are an embarrassment.

  • John - 2012-02-03 08:27

    Dalai Lama visit South Africa? Seems impossible, like having "Rammstein" in Soccer city - Soweto.

  • Mpho - 2012-02-03 10:12

    mangosuthu just want to pull a publicity staunt....nothing more dan that

  • alfred.selman - 2012-02-03 11:15

    mr zuma, hu keeps changing your mind? {excuse the pun}

  • Buti - 2012-02-03 11:40

    Mongusuthu why you didn't invite him while you were holding the strong position before. Realising you failed in everything you want to bring confusion here in South Africa. If you want DL go and visit him in his own country and remember your'e the worse piece of nut in a new govt bloody PUPPET.

  • Abongile Mbauli - 2012-02-03 12:28

    And this why opposition parties won't get anywhere. They don't care about real issues, they just want to be contrary. ANC says black, they say white. ANC says left, they say right etc.

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