Dalai Lama denied another visa to South Africa

BY TAI CHISHAKWE - SEPTEMBER 4, 2014

The Dalai Lama, has been denied a visa into South Africa, reports said on Thursday. This will be for a third time in five years.

He had been invited to attend the 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates set for next month in Cape Town. The summit is being organised by foundations representing the four South African laureates, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, FW de Klerk and Albert Luthuli.

The Dalai Lama’s representative in South Africa said the Department of International Relations and Co-operation had contacted her in the past week to say he would not be granted a visa.

However, other Nobel Peace Laureates have reportedly said they will boycott attend the summit, which will be held in Cape Town for the first time, if the Dalai Lama is denied entry.

Speculation is that the Dalai Lama has been denied visas to the country is because of South Africa’s relations with China.

Photo caption: DENIED ENTRY... The Dalai Lama, has been denied a visa into South Africa, reports said on Thursday. This will be for a third time in five years.