14 Nobel Laureates urge Zuma to give Dalai Lama visa

2014-09-15 16:39

Johannesburg - Fourteen Nobel Peace Laureates have asked President Jacob Zuma to guarantee the Dalai Lama a visa to South Africa, after the Tibetan spiritual leader was forced to abandon a trip to the country.

The Dalai Lama was to attend a summit of Nobel peace prize winners in Cape Town next month, the first-ever meeting of its kind in Africa.

But, according to an aide, he cancelled after he was denied a visa in a bid to avoid angering China, which regards the Buddhist monk as a campaigner for Tibetan independence.

"We are deeply concerned about the damage that will be done to South Africa's international image by a refusal - or failure - to grant him a visa yet again," the group said in a letter to Zuma.

Signatories include Poland's Lech Walesa, Bangladeshi entrepreneur Muhammad Yunus, Iranian lawyer Shirin Ebadi, Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee and Northern Irish peacemakers David Trimble and John Hume.

The Dalai Lama has applied three times in the last five years to visit South Africa.

Each time the government has dragged its heels until the trip was called off.

Each prior rejection has been met with public outcry by South Africans who see it as a betrayal of the commitment to human rights embraced by their government since the end of apartheid 20 years ago.

Two years ago, a top court found that the government had acted unlawfully by dragging its heels on a visa application by the Tibetan until it was too late.

China - South Africa's biggest single trading partner, with two-way trade worth $21bn in 2012 - regularly uses its economic and political clout to put pressure on governments around the world to limit contact with the Dalai Lama.

"We understand the sensitivities involved - but would like to point out that His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, no longer holds any political office," the signatories said.

Instead, they insisted, he "would participate in the summit solely in his capacity as a globally respected spiritual leader".

The Nobel summit in Cape Town on 13 October - 15 October is backed by foundations representing four South African peace laureates - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, FW de Klerk and Albert Luthuli.

Along with the surviving South Africans - Tutu and de Klerk - the organisers say 13 individuals and eight organisations had confirmed that they would attend the summit, including former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev.

Previous summits have been held in cities including Rome, Paris, Chicago and Warsaw.

The Dalai Lama was previously barred from entry to South Africa in 2011, when he was invited to give a lecture as part of celebrations for anti-apartheid activist Tutu's 80th birthday.

At the time, Tutu described the ANC as being "worse than the apartheid government".

The Dalai Lama was also denied a visa in 2009, but had visited three times before that and was personally welcomed by former president Mandela.

  • Theo Vywer - 2014-09-15 16:44

    Zuma is a wuss.

      George Wood - 2014-09-15 16:59

      Zuma's just jealous because he'll never get a Nobel Prize!

      André Potgieter - 2014-09-15 17:09

      Does this Oke actually have a letter from the government stating "No Entry/Geen Toegang?" A phone call to an "aide", hardly cuts it. I also note that the N24 typist does not give F. W. the benefit of bold letters whilst spelling his name. Not that this unduly upsets me. He is just another politician. Churches, sects, cults etc. should not be involved in politics, or try to prescribe policies to governments. Messrs. Zuma, Malema et al, do not ascend the pulpit. This Dalai "outjie" is fishing, in already troubled waters. Is he thick or what? Keeps on applying, having been prohibited four times. A pacifists way of stirring you-know-what.

      kevern.upton - 2014-09-15 17:20

      Hahahahaha, Anc's Chinese bosses will never allow it.

      Tanya Dixon - 2014-09-15 17:37

      And denying DL the chance to receive a guided tour of Nkandla, scandalous

      Jonathan Woods - 2014-09-15 18:18

      Andre when you filled in your FB profile, you certainly got the place of education right !

      André Potgieter - 2014-09-15 18:22

      All these "thumbs down." I love this and maintain that 75% of the respondents, do not know who this Dalai "outjie" is, what Buddhism is and will battle to find their own a-holes with both hands and a torch. Now piddle off and get educated. He prays to a little fat man, carved out of stone.

      Chez Kri - 2014-09-15 19:53

      @Andre Potgieter. Once the Dalai Lama is told that his application is causing an upset, he'll withdraw it. That is his way and the true way his beliefs dictate he must act. Please do some research before deciding that the man is "thick". You may not agree with his religion but that does not mean you should make such judgements.

      Koel Kalant - 2014-09-16 07:13

      Lee Williams - vlymskerp!!!

      Jigme Wangchuk - 2014-09-17 08:55

      @andrepotgieter China's economic growth will surpass that of any country in the coming years; so does it necessitate the fact that all countries who are not on par with China, subjugate themselves to the authority? Politics is indispensable in the formation of every government and Zuma has the right the depose of anyone out of Africa. But denying entry to someone who shares a peaceful and a moral mindset of that of the great Mandela and Desmond Tutu is just unconventionally wrong and apolitical same time. Discrimination, peace, love, humankind, equality and fraternity are all above politics; get your conceptions on the right track and your head out of your ignorant little ass you pompous fool.

      Michael Sirius - 2014-10-03 07:30

      Andre he is a better man than you can imagine being

  • Richard Nieckau - 2014-09-15 16:44

    The Nobel laureates should boycott the ceremony. Zuma has no respect for anyone, even himself - he's just a sick man.

      David van Tonder - 2014-09-15 16:55

      While I agree that Jacob Zuma is a 'sick' man, I fail to see how boycotting the summit would make any difference. Government would still do as they please, only the Nobel Laureates would be affected by a boycot.

      Pieter Ver - 2014-09-15 16:57

      He does not have a clue what a Nobel Laureate is. When he heard the word he immediately ordered one for each wife with fuel injection, aircon and boomboxes all round.

      Mike Heyns - 2014-09-15 17:24

      You Go Zooman!! You have all the money in the world and the best army in the galaxy!!

      Tanya Dixon - 2014-09-15 17:34

      Bwah ah ha ha @pieter

      Themba Maseko - 2014-09-15 17:39

      Our country is not run by Nobel Laureates. How convenient of the to say... "We are deeply concerned about the damage that will be done to South Africa's international image by a refusal - or failure - to grant him a visa yet again,"... They must say that to the big boys China. I have nothing against His Holiness, I just get irritated by his tendency to visit a country for one thing and then start preaching the other.

      Richard Nieckau - 2014-09-15 18:56

      Apart from the fact South Africa's burgeoning democracy was founded by Nobel Laureates... Where do you see the shining example of PEACE - with The Tibetan monk being denied entry, multiple times, due to his foreign relations with the worlds largest economy? A good indicator of OUR failed democracy due to selfishness and greed.

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2014-09-16 12:13

      Andre Potgieter. Buddhism is far more than praying to 'a little fat man carved out of stone'. Shows how much you know. Namaste.

  • Rustic - 2014-09-15 16:44

    Good for them for applying pressure to the SA gvt, which has got away with visa-denial by stealth up to now.

      Mike Heyns - 2014-09-15 17:29

      Does he care? His bunkers and warehouses are stocked up! The blue print of his R80mil "escape" tunnels were confiscated and destroyed by the SIU and should all else fail? China, Russia, etc. are well paid!!

      Mark Anthony Fysh - 2014-09-15 17:37

      @Mike: Bad international publicity can't do Zuma and his Regime any good, though. Interesting how he will respond - unwillingly of course.

      Tanya Dixon - 2014-09-15 17:40

      In their defence they didn't waste any taxpayers money by setting up a committee within a committee within a subcommittee to investigate - the outright No spared us a few million bucks

      Jonathan Woods - 2014-09-15 18:23

      Tanya that might be so , But they still managed to waste plenty bringing the rotted remains of unknown "Struggle Heroes" ome from the US and Russia.

      Jean Berendjen Pretorius Geldenhuys - 2014-09-15 19:06

      This thread is ONCE AGAIN the playing field of news24's trolls. Biased, childish, brain dead and a waste of time!

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2014-09-16 12:15

      Themba Maseko. The Dalai Lame comes, talks about love, peace and compassion and go somewhere else to talk about love peace and compassion. How does that irritate you?.

  • Bruwer - 2014-09-15 16:47

    Zuma and company last year changed their BEE laws to classify the Chinese as black, his masters will be very upset about this visa

  • Steven Francisco - 2014-09-15 16:50

    Zuma is a disgrace lets a plane full or indians land on our most secure base but wont allow a guy like this access......his ancestors must be turning in there graves along with Mandela

      Sunette Smit - 2014-09-15 16:54

      Money money money!!!

  • Sunette Smit - 2014-09-15 16:53

    Zuma is in bed with the Chinese. They won't allow the Dalai Lama in.

  • Justice Casty Mmatjee - 2014-09-15 16:57

    it is very sensitive at the same time SA need to be brave,China must b aware we r nt depending on them.

      Tanya Dixon - 2014-09-15 17:42

      Sadly we are very dependent on them, Zoomer is China's $&@$@

  • Ntutuzelo Ta Ntura Tsotsi - 2014-09-15 16:59

    Like he would listen, he is scared of China.

  • Ntutuzelo Ta Ntura Tsotsi - 2014-09-15 16:59

    Like he would listen, he is scared of China.

  • Ntutuzelo Ta Ntura Tsotsi - 2014-09-15 16:59

    Like he would listen, he is scared of China.

  • Michael du Plessis - 2014-09-15 17:04

    Zuma has no balls, and has never done anything with good morals in mind. I would call him a stupid puppet, but he has a house worth R250 mil and can never be tried for any illegal doings. He is my hero.....

  • Khuliso Mutsha - 2014-09-15 17:05

    There will be a great damage if Dalai Lama come here, i thought this issue was closed. NO visa for Boko Haram.

      theJoPot - 2014-09-15 17:09

      Your stupidity is astonishing. It should be a superpower.

      Khuliso Mutsha - 2014-09-15 17:12

      Jo, Dalai Lama need his own state. We dont neef People like that in this country. Print him a visa if You are concern.

      Eugene Trollip - 2014-09-15 17:15


      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2014-09-16 12:25

      Khuliso Mutsha. Ignorance must be hell to have.

  • Roddy Jardim - 2014-09-15 17:07

    Zanc don't want to offend their cash cow. Zuma doesn't give a crap, he is building his families wealth through china.

      Mike Heyns - 2014-09-15 18:54

      Yes NATS, then allow him to Plett? And what has the DA have to do with it????? Your agreement with me is as worthless as jz being president of a country I once of being proud of! SAD!!

  • Twa Ngubane - 2014-09-15 17:07

    Hei ya'l stop dis ting of makin everytin so personal including u News24,Zuma iz nt SA n so SA is not Zuma so stop critisizing him personal about d issue @hand,d issue must be adress @ a country'z foreign policies by d gov nt by Zuma alone,,n moreover we can't b concerned of one individual wat it dat he will bring 2 us ordinary SA n dat so colled gathering of itz kind,,tey can take it USA for ol we care...we knw China iz bringing sometn 2 SA'z thou itz small 2adarz bt itz big 2adarz,

      theJoPot - 2014-09-15 17:08

      For God's sake, take a spelling lesson before you lecture other people.

      gina.swart.5 - 2014-09-15 17:11


      David van Tonder - 2014-09-15 17:18

      I think its worth pointing out that the letter was from the Nobel Laureates to Zuma. If you said that they should rather have written to home afairs then I might have agreed eith you. But complaining about News 24 targeting Zuma is utter rubish because as mentioned above the letter was addressed to Zuma, so in fact News 24 has simply reported the news as it happend.

      Pietro Mariani - 2014-09-15 17:21

      Please type proper English.

      Tanya Dixon - 2014-09-15 17:47

      Duh he's only our President?? Granted, not a great one, but officially one nevertheless

      Sunette Smit - 2014-09-15 18:01

      This is not Mxit or Twitter, you can type out whole words. There is even a built in spellcheck to assist you.

      Anthony Noda - 2014-09-15 18:28

      . WHAT is more SICKER THAN SICK, is some who for years supported CRIMINAL SCUM, who DENIED or only offered INFERIOR education to eighty percent of the population, have now got the audacity to belittle these people. YOU ARE JUST VERY FORTUNATE, HE DID NOT DEMAND HIS LANGUAGE BEING THE ONLY LANGUAGE IN SA !!! .

      David van Tonder - 2014-09-15 18:45

      While I will agree that very few white Africans can speak Zulu(or any other indigenous African language for that matter), the point is irrelevant since this is an english platform.

      Bob Van Wilder - 2014-09-15 18:46

      anthony nutbag - i speak your language every day when i sit on couch and lift one leg, i speak it for a couple of seconds especially after i have had some baked beans

  • Spelele Sp - 2014-09-15 17:10

    u dont wanna mess with chinese everything in ur house is written made in china

      Mratata Al-shaabab KaMahlangu - 2014-09-15 17:17

      @ Spelele 100% Lol everything in South Africa Made in China

      Jonathan Woods - 2014-09-15 18:45

      Right Sp, because guess what? That's right even the Chinese thing you are stupid. Look at all the crap in the supermarkets from China and ask yourself "Do we need that ?" And if we do why aren't we making it here. After all we have the raw materials. We even have millions of people needing jobs. What is happening now is simply giving away South African jobs to people in China. Wake up guys and start standing on your own two feet! Or is that asking too much of you ?

  • Clint Baron - 2014-09-15 17:20

    People, People, Jacob Zuma & his cronies whilst in charge & so deep up the Chinesse ASS will not give The Dalai Lama a visa to this country. WTF is evryone so afriad of this man the Dalai Lama? His pure, He teaches pureness & his lecture are about self esteem & Self respect. The best thing the orginizers of this event could do is take the conference to another country who 1: will benefit from the tourist revenue created during this summit, 2: That country could then also beknown as a host country for other future Summits/ Confernces. Alternatively The Dalai Lama Needs to reaply for his visa using the name Dalai Gupta. I can bet you he'll get a visa in record time. This is a F*&^% Disgrace, This is a goverment who so quickly say they fought in the struggle for freedom & Democracy. Where is it today? Or does everything revolve about how much is in it for me. Next time you get to see Jacob Zuma, be it in person, at an event or on TV please take note of the big brown ring around his neck, that has been created by being so deep up the chinesse ass.

      Mike Heyns - 2014-09-16 09:05

      @NATS: My sentiments exactly!! Why do you think I call you "NATS"??

  • Dino Goodman - 2014-09-15 17:25

    Eish woe unto our government, tutu would capitalize on this issue to show off his true colours. He's trying disturb SAfrican treaties.

      The Illuminated One - 2014-10-03 09:01

      You see the red lines under your text as you type? Those red lines indicate that you are stupid and cant spell correctly... Maybe you should just keep quiet... its obvious that you are way out of your league Dino

  • Trevor Whitehead - 2014-09-15 17:27


  • Trevor Whitehead - 2014-09-15 17:28

    He does not hear his own people...he's not going to listen to others

  • Tommy Danson Maganedisa - 2014-09-15 17:34

    I am not agreeing with Zuma for not giving the man a visa but why this man can not give up, what does he wants in South Africa? Earth have many countries he must go somewhere else.

  • Dino Goodman - 2014-09-15 17:35

    If he's coming to team up gogo tutu, then do not allow him because gogo tutu is not an SA citizen; according to his utterances he once made out of hatred to my President Zuma. Otherwise, gogo tutu's wiles are to distabilize our economy, hence he wishes destruction for South Africa(quoted from his 2009 utterances).

      Jacob De Bruyn - 2014-09-15 19:27

      Dino , you need a wake call ! Zuma and the current ANC leadership are making a mockery of our democracy and the once noble organisation ! You must be ashamed. The truth hurts , that's why you don't like Bishop Tutu !

  • Ntsikei Maphango Gomza - 2014-09-15 17:39

    The Dalai Lama must first got to Nigeria and fight for those abducted girls .... he must refrain from using our country for his populist agenda. The, Ebola is killing people in northern africa, West & Europeans are imposing sanctions to Russia, Israelites are bombing innocent children in Gaza and he is quiet about all these atrocities ........... now you ask "Who does the Dalai Lama care about other than himself and his quest to lead Tibeti to isolation and poverty"

      Tanya Dixon - 2014-09-15 17:53

      And in his spare time find a cure for AIds and cancer and repair the hole in the ozone layer?

      Bernd Kankowski - 2014-09-15 18:09

      Haha you can talk a lot of crap. Lead the tibetans to poverty? Your Zuma is leading this country into poverty and disrepair and you are concerned about the Dalais Lama. Why don't you allow him to fight for his peoples freedom? Isn't that what your elders did for you or is it only allowed for you. The rest should boycott the summit. That is why Zuma went to China. Probably to negotiate a fee for refusing the Dalais Lama a visa.

      Jacob De Bruyn - 2014-09-15 19:17

      Ntsikei and Tanya on what planet are you living ? Why don't you ask Zuma for a cure 4 AIDS & CANCER ?

  • Lucky Tiva - 2014-09-15 17:39

    Do you think president Zuma cares about the country's image?

  • Cesare Borgia - 2014-09-15 17:47

    Sorry my China, no can do...

  • George Gibbs - 2014-09-15 17:54

    If Zumaville / Zumkhandla does that then it will be called BRIC not BRICS. China will toss out SA who is the S in BRICS

  • Munukha Ndivhuwo - 2014-09-15 17:55


  • David van Tonder - 2014-09-15 18:06

    The ANC should tell us who theire handlers are. Perhaps Maphatsoe will volunteer.

  • Phae Rayden - 2014-09-15 18:06

    Our government is a disgusting bunch of sycophants! What a disgraceful public show of disrespect and lack of dignity.

  • Patrick Busschau - 2014-09-15 18:26

    Most ridiculous comment I've read in ages. Ntsikei have you taken your medication and had your electric shock treatment today. Wake up pal. Your argument makes no sense!

  • Langa Kapueja - 2014-09-15 18:32

    Shem... If only the Dalai Lama had a pair of breast and a vagina... #1 would be smiling all the way to home affairs... Life is never fair even for short peaceful monks.

  • Dawn Pithie - 2014-09-15 18:33

    This is just embarrassing. Our government should be ashamed. Oh what am I saying? They're ashamed of nothing. High quality people want to come here - no chance. Rich people (Gupta) who can fill your pockets want to come here? Sure- they can just fly in on a private plane and get a blue light convoy. Disgusting

      Langa Kapueja - 2014-09-15 20:26

      You've just made an acquaintance with the Goopthroop... Those Hanumans run our blogs, look. I'm sure they teach their litter to hack our networks before they can groom lice... Nothing wrong with your comment. It's in fact Buddah's honest truth :O

  • Rohan Horn - 2014-09-15 18:40

    Zuma WILL wipe his ass with you yet again.

  • Sheik Mohammad - 2014-09-15 18:46

    Zuma's Chinese masters will not let him do anything without their permission.

  • ReunionofIntelligentMinds - 2014-09-15 19:38

    won't happen. He does not want to lose the Chinese 'investments'.

  • Izan Botes - 2014-09-15 19:44

    Lets rather not piss of China

  • Scotty English - 2014-09-15 19:54

    Or what? What are they gonna do. Talk about equality and freedom for all. Doesn't exist in an African run country with a dirty underpants democracy.

  • Patrick Gibson - 2014-09-15 20:03

    Nope, BOSS country China wont allow us to.

  • Mthandazo Mk Nkiwane - 2014-09-15 20:41

    soo now zuma is a homeaffairs worker.?

  • louis.elst - 2014-09-15 21:59

    A man of peace not allowed to visit SA The man only spreads the the good word and wisdom What is SA scared off

  • Twa Ngubane - 2014-09-15 22:05

    My african fellows don't mind ds white haters comments,after ol Dogs give birth 2 Dogs...dey r stil pushing d agenda dt waz started by teir ancestors d like of DF malan n co!whether u like Zuma or not hz d country president,legitimate fr dt matter chosen by d ppl in a democratic manner

      Oabile Modise - 2014-09-16 16:02

      What does that have to do with the man's visa application?

  • nandipha.pepu - 2014-09-15 22:29

    I hope he listens and grants him the visa

  • Nado Elstoned - 2014-09-15 23:07

    When last have heard the phrase 'the new South Africa'? Politics is and always will be a selfish game. They have made a mockery of our country and one day we will stand togther after history once again is proven.

  • NP Karze - 2014-09-15 23:35

    ANC, South Africa now practising Apartheid Policy.

  • Aghora - 2014-09-16 07:14

    Zuma Chinese lackey

  • Craig Harrison - 2014-09-16 08:55

    Well done to the 14,........of course Zumy will not see to a good international P.R. moment if his life depended on it,....he seems to like wallowing in the lake of embarrassment he's dug for himself and our country!

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2014-09-16 12:09

    If these Nobel Laureates have any backbone, they will refuse to come to South Africa and go hold their summit elsewhere. Strange how quiet Tutu is about this disgrace.

  • Geshe Samten - 2014-09-17 03:18

    China is one the most problematic country in the world. The Nobel laureates should boycott the ceremony, if Dalai Lama won't allowed to participate.

  • Geshe Samten - 2014-09-17 03:20

    China is one the most problematic country in the world. The Nobel laureates should boycott the ceremony, if Dalai Lama won't allowed to participate.

  • Geshe Samten - 2014-09-17 03:20

    China is one the most problematic country in the world. The Nobel laureates should boycott the ceremony, if Dalai Lama won't allowed to participate.

  • Ogone Thataone - 2014-09-17 13:40