Dalai Lama: SA govt bullying a simple person

The Cape Town mayor will later make an important announcement regarding the summit.

Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama speaks during a press conference in Frankfurt/Main, western Germany on 14 May 2014. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG/ CAPE TOWN - The Dalai Lama on Thursday accused South Africa of "bullying a simple person".

This after the government failed to give him a visa to attend a summit of Nobel Peace Prize laureates.

Tibetan National Congress President Jigme Ugen says, "This is the third time his visa has been denied. Every time South Africa denied the Dalai Lama a visa, they were applauded by China."

There's been widespread speculation the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates event may be cancelled or moved to another country.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille will on Thursday make an important announcement regarding the summit.

The event is to be held in the Mother City later this month.

The Tibetan spiritual leader cancelled his trip to South Africa after allegedly being told his visa application would be unsuccessful.


Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has come out strongly, defending his long-time friend and fellow peace prize winner.

He says he's ashamed to call this "lickspittle bunch" his government.

Tutu also accused late former president Nelson Mandela's comrades of "spitting on his face".

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation declined to comment on the archbishop's statement.

The Dalai Lama, who lives in exile in India, is at loggerheads with China over Tibet.

Meanwhile, the office of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates says it's not aware of any plans to cancel the Cape Town event.

The Cape Argus on Wednesday reported that the summit, which is scheduled to start on 13 October, had been cancelled after another three Nobel laureates withdrew.

The City of Cape Town denied the claims.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation also confirmed it has heard nothing about a cancellation.