“Hey Mr. Zuma, you and your government don’t represent me. You represent your own interests, I am warning you, and one day we will start praying for the defeat of the ANC government. You are disgraceful. I want to warn you, you are behaving in a way that is totally at variance with the things for which we stood,”

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu says that he is not sure whether the Tibetan spiritual leader will be granted a visa. The Dalai Lama was forced to cancel his trip before his intended date of departure on Thursday to attend the 80th birthday of Tutu. Tutu reacted by lambasting President Jacob Zuma’s government on a nationally televised interview when he heard his long time friend and fellow Nobel Peace Laureate had canceled his trip on Monday. His outburst was supported by some South Africans who took to twitter to voice their grievances http://twitter.com
The Tibetan was invited to give an inaugural peace lecture at the University of Witwatersrand who have promise to protest this decision on Wednesday. Monyela emphasized that the Dalai Lama was not refused a visa, “We are still subjecting this application to the application process when he took the decision to cancel.” But this isn’t a first occurrence, South Africa refused to grant the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader a visa to attend a peace conference in 2009. About 300 people are expected to hold a night vigil at parliament on Monday to put pressure on the government to grant the visa. Buddhist teacher Karen de Vos said at a media briefing held by civil rights groups in Cape Town: “It’s the last chance we have.”
The chief executive of the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre, Nomfundo Walaza, said the secrecy surrounding the Dalai Lama’s visa application was disrespectful to Tutu. The Cape Town director of the Institute for Security Studies, Hennie van Vuuren, said the Dalai Lama had recently been granted visas for the US, Argentina and Brazil and there was no reason why he should be denied one for South Africa. Minister of International Relations Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said the application was being processed like any other and he would be informed in due course on whether it had been granted.

It is still unknown whether or not his visa was to be granted. But with all the claims and the ‘he says she says’ we may never know.

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