Govt dishonest over Dalai Lama - Cope

2011-10-05 17:39

Cape Town - The Congress of the People accused the government of "blatant dishonesty" on Wednesday over the Dalai Lama's visa application.

Cope condemned the erosion of the rights of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and the citizens of the country, party leader Mosiuoa Lekota said.

"We reject with contempt the blatant dishonesty of government that had the Dalai Lama not withdrawn his application they would have granted his right to visit."

It was clear that like the previous apartheid regime, the current government was set to trample underfoot the rights of citizens to freedom of association by picking and choosing who citizens might have as friends and associates.

"This is another proof that our Constitution is in danger from the ruling party. Cope calls on citizens to raise their voices against this encroaching tyranny by the ruling party," Lekota said.

'Sad day in South Africa'

The Star newspaper quoted Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe as having said that the government was planning to grant the Dalai Lama a visa to attend Tutu's 80th birthday bash this weekend.

"Of course, he has been here before. I don't see why it [the visa] should be an issue at all," he told the paper.

Further criticism came from United Democratic Movement secretary general Bongani Msomi.

"It is a sad day in South Africa, where a nation, who knows the suffering of domination and cruelty, turns a blind eye to oppression elsewhere in the world."

This was the unfortunate impression South Africans and the world were left with of the ANC government regarding the plight of the people of Tibet.

The government could deny outside pressure [from China] to deny the Dalai Lama access to South Africa "as much as they like - the impression they give is to the contrary", he said.

It did not take genius to understand where the so-called democratic government's, and the ANC's, strings were pulled from. South Africa, by virtue of the liberation of its entire people, enjoyed the admiration and respect of the world.

"Yet, this government seems quite willing, even eager, to sully our reputation as champions of human rights and freedom for all," Msomi said.

'Bureaucratic obfuscation'

Meanwhile, Anglican bishops in the Western Cape have charged government with "bureaucratic obfuscation" in its explanations about the matter.

This emerged in a joint statement by False Bay Bishop Merwyn Castle, Bishop Garth Counsell of Table Bay, and Bishop Raphael Hess of Saldanha Bay.

"We... express our dismay at the South African government's delay in granting the Dalai Lama a visa, to enable him to attend the 80th birthday celebration of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu," they said.

"We are saddened by the bureaucratic obfuscation created by the South African government in justifying this tragic and unacceptable outcome.

"We understand the expressions of anger by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and assure him of our continued prayerful support," the trio said.

  • THE-SRG - 2011-10-05 17:50

    And slowly the entire country turns against you the word of TUTU.."watch out anc!"

  • JoooJooo - 2011-10-05 17:55

    Ja - we know that they are liars and theives - just took YOU some time to acknowledge this fact, and some blind citizens still havent seen it yet....

  • letsee - 2011-10-05 18:03

    The ANC lost Gaddafi's funding and China is an alternative. Being so the decision to stall the granting of a visa wasn't in the economic interests of South Africa but rather those of the ANC itself. Either way, the ANC can't defend this stupidity.

  • Mohammed - 2011-10-05 18:10

    Its a fact the ANC is no better than the previous government whom we all fought to liberate us from their evil ways. Not granting the Deli lama a visa, shows that the ANC is corrupt to the core and we the people should remove them, as we did remove the previous government. There is no place for people such as the ANC in our society, we are free as a nation, and we should show freedom to whom deserve freedom.

      CalamitySA - 2011-10-05 18:21

      Which other party do you suggest?

      1SAIBn88 - 2011-10-05 18:26

      Democratic Alliance of course! Vote them in and vote them out if they don't deliver. That is democracy!

      BD 4 SA - 2011-10-05 18:45

      Could not agree more. The ANC is just as racist,greedy and just pathetic to all people of South Africa...

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  • Ralph2 - 2011-10-05 18:26

    There are three types of politicians. Those that cannot lie, those that cannot tell the truth and those that cannot tell the difference. I love political jokes except when they get elected.

  • Mandla - 2011-10-05 18:32

    Lekota is the person to complain,if he was in governmant he would do the some.He is part of corruption affecting governmant today.

  • Rev. H-Cubed - 2011-10-05 18:47

    The current ANC leadership and their "policies" represent the clearest, and most present, danger to our young democracy. What they do not destroy through incompetence, they wilfully sacrifice on the altar of greed.

  • Cheekiechops - 2011-10-05 19:09

    What I find most annoying is that its so in your face and you must just accept it because we are all idiots. They know we can see through it but that doesn't bother them as long as they get their way it doesn't matter what you think.

  • Deset Rat - 2011-10-05 19:11

    The Deputy President says the government was going to grant the Dalia Lama a visa. But they didn't did they? Has he got such a thick skin in attending the Arch's birthday bash. Another ANC perk, free dining and wining for him, but we tax payers money will still pay for all the security etc...etc... I wonder if the poor who don't pay income tax, but still pay for these excesses of the ANC in the VAT they pay on nearly every thing they purchase?

  • ubuntupunk - 2011-10-05 19:33

    It is good to hear Lekota saying what every person is thinking right now. What happened to freedom, in particular the freedom of association of the 6000+ Buddhists living in our country and also all other people of faith, who merely wanted the right to associate freely as individuals, with one of the world's foremost eminent persons? This is not about the current incarnation of the 14th Dalai Lama, but rather about fundemental human rights guaranteed by our constitution. Unfortunately having rights in the constitution and putting them into practice are two completely different things. Without a justice system that is accessible to the people, and without a jury system able to balance the many vested interests of our countries judicial officers, the system will be inherently flawed. We end up with a stuck record, as government gets away with the destruction of civil liberties and the courts find themselves unable to deliver. Justice for the Dalai Lama NOW!

  • dieselm - 2011-10-06 06:03

    wow, cope still exists?

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  • sam malindi - 2011-10-06 15:44

    Mr Lekota and cope of people or is it hope but you did wrong to left your corrupt brothers may you could have stopped them but because you are now talking they will change anyway talk to them Terrosit Lekota they know you from UDF.

      Uthando - 2011-10-06 15:52

      How did u manage to get hold of a PC, keyboard & internet??

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