Judgment reserved in Dalai Lama case

2011-12-12 15:17
Judgement was reserved in the Cape Town High Court today on whether it was constitutional for the government to bar the Dalai Lama entry into South Africa.

Judge Dennis Davis said he hoped to let the court know before the end of the year.

The Dalai Lama cancelled his intended trip to South Africa to attend Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s 80th birthday on October 4.

He said he had done so to avoid inconveniencing the South African government.

The government’s failure to grant the visa sparked an public outcry. Tutu accused President Jacob Zuma’s administration of being “worse than the apartheid government”.

The IFP and Cope subsequently filed an application in the Cape High Court for an order declaring Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s handling of the matter unlawful and forcing her to treat future applications by the Dalai Lama fairly.