Judgment reserved in Dalai Lama case

2011-12-12 16:44

Cape Town - Judgment was reserved in the Western Cape High Court on Monday on whether it was constitutional for the government to bar the Dalai Lama entry into South Africa.

Judge Dennis Davis said he hoped to let the court know before the end of the year.

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

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

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

The IFP and Cope subsequently filed an application in the Western Cape High Court for 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.

  • Darkie - 2011-12-12 17:01

    Not the lousy birthday party again!

  • Kala - 2011-12-12 17:12

    One things for sure. The Delai Lama case has certainly had a lot of prominent people "applying their minds".

  • Phumezo - 2011-12-12 17:51

    We will always side with oppressed and marginalised and the Dalai Lama is welcomed to come in this country in any given day. But if there is one thing we will never do and that is to break the laws of this republic to cater for an individual even if he is a man of cloth. The Dalai Lama if he wants to come here he must submit his VISA application on time and to the right officials following the proper channels and not to Desmond Tutu or any foundation that has iligitimatey elevated itself to be the spokesperson of a democraticly elected government!

      waynehabig - 2011-12-12 18:17

      Phumezo, perhaps you didn't read it but the S.A. government already admitted that the reason they didn't grant his Visa application was because of China's influence on S.A. - Please read article: S.A. government didn't side with the oppressed, they sided with the oppressors - China has a VERY long history of oppression. I would agree with your statement because it should be 100% correct but if you take a second and see who the President's spokespeople are then who want to take their word for anything. Mac & Manyi...?

      Kerry - 2011-12-12 19:14

      His Holiness the Dalai Lama was refused entry for political reasons - the ANC did not want to upset China. This is not an acceptable reason to deny him entry. He applied and did all of the right things, within the laws of our democratically elected government, which is why Desmond Tutu was so upset. Read up on it dude. The ANC has behaved shamefully and should apologise.

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