No word about Dalai Lama’s visa application

By Khanyisa Tabata
21 September 2011

There is still no official word from government on the status of the Dalai Lama’s visa application.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has invited the Tibetan spiritual leader to his 80th birthday celebrations in Cape Town next month.

At a news conference in Parliament today, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Marius Fransman could not be drawn on the process, saying it was a Home Affairs matter.

But Fransman insisted that South Africa was not under pressure from a country like China not to grant the visa application.


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