Monday, 23 March 2009

History In The Making

I don't like to delve into politics because it always makes me flare up and become homocidal. But I just want to say one thing...

The South African Government's choice to deny the Dalai Lama a visa to enter the country is the first step in a chain of events that could have catastrophic consequences for the future of a supposedly democratic South Africa. If they could succumb to the Chinese Officials’ demands (and everyone knows they did), what prevents them from denying Islamic or Jewish leaders entry into the country, based on existing or potential foreign ties?


  1. word.

    (I'm sorry - I just like saying that word today - ask wip)

    But seriously - This isnt the first time something like this has happened.

  2. Government's response is an epic fail.
    Kgalema reckons they refused the visa because they wanted the focus to be on the Soccer World Cup and not on Tibet.
    Great strategy, especially since everyone's not talking about Tibet anymore, but rather, the world media is zooming in on the fact that the man was denied entry.
    Soccer what?

  3. And this from the very same people (the ANC) that fought for their rights and freedom. Now they denying a peaceful, spiritual leader entry into a country that supposed to be democratic and all that jazz...
    Politics & politicians suck!

  4. Do you know what "slats me binne"...what really gets me? That they think the South African public is so effen stupid.

    Like come on now...don't insult my intelligence. If you're going to lie, then at least come up with a good one. This whole debate about not wanting to make it a Tibetan issue is such bull...just like Saaleha said - soccer what?

    I think it's admirable that former president De Klerk and Archbishop Tutu have declined to attend unless the Dalai Lama is issued a visa. But I'm afraid we're surrounded by ignorance and it may not be enough. Lets see how it unfolds.

  5. I have to agree with the above posters. I'm not a soccer fan and don't know anything about it. I'm not S.African either and know basically nothing about it. But scanning the news I see and notice stuff about the Dalai Lama and visa denials fairly easily.