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Dalai ruling made, but not public

October 8, 2011

A decision on whether or not to grant the Dalai Lama a visa to enter South Africa has been made, but it has not yet been made public.
Oct. 3, 2011, The Citizen Online
JOHANNESBURG - A decision on whether or not to grant the Dalai Lama a visa to enter South Africa has been made, but it has not yet been made public.

The Department of International Relations (Dirco)  yesterday said they had informed the Dalai Lama of it’s decision.

However, Dirco spokesman Clayson Monyela said the media would not be informed.

He conceded that the matter was of public interest as it concerned South Africa’s foreign policy on China, and Chinese-ruled Tibet.

It was for this reason that his department, and not home affairs, was handling the matter.

Earlier yesterday,  President Jacob Zuma said he did not know whether the Dalai Lama’s South African visa would be approved.

“The department of international relations and co-operation is dealing with it. I don’t know what will be the final thing. I don’t think that you can get a definite answer from me,” said Zuma.
“I don’t know whether I should answer this question because there are departments that are dealing with (it). How do I know?”

For his 80th birthday,  Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu invited his close friend and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate the Dalai Lama to give an inaugural lecture on October 8.

The local Ceasefire Campaign’s Guni Govinndjee said they were disappointed with government.

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