Tutu 'hopeful' Dalai Lama will get visa

2011-09-09 10:14

Cape Town - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is "very hopeful" that his close friend and Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama, will be granted a visa to attend his 80th birthday celebrations, according to a report on Friday.

In an interview with The Cape Times, Tutu said the government would not want to "shoot themselves in the foot" by turning down the application.

Tutu turns 80 in less than a month's time, on October 7, and described the wait for the status of the visa as a little "ungracious".

"It's only a few weeks left and you need to know, prepare; what's going to happen if he doesn't come," he told the newspaper.

"I mean it's so sad to think that we have had a kind of experience of repression that we have had in that we should kowtow to a hugely repressive regime that can dictate to us about freedom and things of that kind."

Peace and compassion

Tutu said the Dalai Lama was not entering the country to encourage people to fight but rather to speak about peace and compassion.

The Tibetan leader had one of the largest followings in the world, he said.

According to the report, the visa application was received by the department of home affairs more than a week ago after various attempts.

Clayson Monyela, spokesperson for the department of international relations and co-operation, confirmed to the paper that the application was being considered.

In 2009, South Africa declined the Dalai Lama's request to attend a peace conference connected to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, apparently fearing it would upset its major trading partner China.

The Dalai Lama has lived in exile in India since 1959. He fled there after a failed uprising against the Chinese occupation of Tibet.

Both Tutu and the Dalai Lama are Nobel peace prize laureates.

In June, Tutu invited the Dalai Lama to attend his 80th birthday celebrations in Cape Town. The Dalai Lama accepted the invitation.

  • MAWEMAWE - 2011-09-09 10:42

    who said dalai lama is a man of peace?as for this controvesial desmond tutu i have got unanswered questions of him being a spiritual leader,i wonder whose spirit leads him.

  • Laurie - 2011-09-09 10:43

    Hey, Arch, if you wan't your friend to come to your party - then you need to do it right! Firstly, if the application was made only three weeks ago, then you have no chance. Nothing is processed in less than eitht weeks. Secondly, where was the application sent? The Chinese government controls our visa applications, so directing it to the local, gutless group of incompetants is also futile.

  • David B Hutton - 2011-09-09 10:47

    Pity he sees the need to splash out on a party! After his comments about a "white tax" Tutu should show us how serious he is about funds for the poor by donating all the money that would've been spent on his bash to charity (for the poor Tutu, for the poor).

      PinkAndProud - 2011-09-09 10:56

      Maybe he'll invite the poor :) although I doubt it. He wouldn't want riff raff attending his party.

      Kathleen - 2011-09-09 11:10

      My thoughts exactly!!

      Not Black - 2011-09-09 12:33

      Hi David, Well Written, my Man. Excellent. Please also read my comments further below. Something about all these ANC and Alliance Supporters that amaze me: Use Money for Bashes and Celebrations. He being a Church Man, should be rather doing a service of accumulating all this m oney to FEED the POOR KIDS that the ANC never does.

      Kenno - 2011-09-09 12:41

      If it is against the SA policy to dali Lama here, who the old is Tutu to try and change that? Tutu, you are supposed to be a man of God. Stick to that and butt out of politics...which you only join in when it suits you! you are a hypocrit of the first degree!

      willieman - 2011-09-09 12:47

      Ignorance and selective comment,narrow mind is what you display

  • eric.vanvuuren - 2011-09-09 11:00

    As a member of SA society I’m sure I speak for the majority of the country. I am much happier with the possibility to see this man than old Muammar Gaddafi. So, on behalf of my country I hereby extend a heartfelt invitation to enter the gates of this so called democracy. Wake up home affair’s, we are not and never want to be Chinese puppets. Here is a true ruler that is being kept away from his own country & people by a blood thirsty warring neighbour. This oak needs our support not your stupid irony.

      Kenno - 2011-09-09 12:43


  • LaVie - 2011-09-09 11:11

    If Mugabe can visit our country then surely the DL can be welcome as well or will his visit compromise South Africa and China's partnership to provide arms to Khadaffi?

  • zulufox - 2011-09-09 11:14

    it is very important that the DL comes to party... give him a visa... NOT.

  • Inhlanzi - 2011-09-09 11:20

    If he doesn't he should apply for a mastercard

  • Not Black - 2011-09-09 12:25

    Hello Desmond Tutu, It is this farcical ANC regime that YOU support that has created your anxiety. This ANC Govt has NO SCRUPLES, DIRECTION or ETHICS: 1. Remember the Security Council Vote on BURMA / MYANMAR 2. The very same Dalai lama refused a 2010 World Cup visit visa. 3. The refusal of this Govt to acknowledge Billions of Dollars required to financially get the New Libya Going again. After all the same Clowns in the ANC gave GADAFFI a standing ovation at Zuma's inauguration, whilst he was then a DICTATOR as well. 4. If the Dalai lama gets a Visa to come to your Birthday Bash, then the ANC Govt are gutless, as this event is LESS IMPORTANT than the previous ones I mentioned. I am saddened to read that the very same ANC that had liberated this country's millions, are also so two faced and "keep turning the other way" - as Trevor Noah keeps joking on his DVD.

      mac-sdi - 2011-09-09 13:10

      Tutu no longer supports the ANC. THe ANC he supported was washed away in Polokwane. With all the natural resources we have in this country, we should be so powerfull that China kisses our Ass. We should not bow to these communists...oh (i take that back); with all the communist running the ANC, that statement is redundant

  • chris. - 2011-09-09 13:44

    It's official! South Africa is China's bitch, bend over boys and lets hope they're nice enough to use KY....

      DeonL - 2011-09-09 14:08

      It is sad but true.

  • Andor - 2011-09-22 15:17

    Meneer Tutu Begryp U dan nie dat die Dalai Lama nie die ware Here aanbid nie? Hoe kan julle hom uitnooi as hulle afgode aanbid. Julle maak Die Here kwaad en gaan Hy julle straf!!Wie is die dalai lama in my oë 'n heiden.

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