March 23, 2009
Posted: 1503 GMT

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Kelvin from Germany   March 23rd, 2009 5:23 pm ET

This is an unfortunate situation and a big blow to the growing African democracy. Boycotting this event will send a strong signal to the cynical South African government

Jake   March 23rd, 2009 5:30 pm ET

It's a disgrace they refused to let the Dalai Lama in. What's Nelson Mandela's reaction? He should be furious, like Desmond Tutu because they have sacrified a lot to get South Africa to it's current state.

So to give in to Chinese pressure is weak and looks like they support that dictatorial regime instead of the democratic and free countries, organisations and/or persons.

John   March 23rd, 2009 5:32 pm ET

Like its president elect the ANC who controls the government is showing its true colours and being dicated to by its main sponsor for its upcomong election camapaign, The Peoples Republic of China.

I was looking forward to hearing him speak at the University of The Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

I am so emabressed by the actions of my country and bet that most South Africans would want the Dalai Lamai to come

Eddine   March 23rd, 2009 7:19 pm ET

Dear Hala,

Why it is so strange and unusual for a sovereign country like South Africa to refuse entry visa for persons like the Dalai Lama? The USA had been practicing these policies as far as I could remember even When World leaders or persons had to attend International events not even American events?

I am never surprised that how belatedly my position is expressed here, Nonetheless, I am defending something within the sovereignty latitude of South Africa.

Let us not start the Bashing against South Africa while many other countries had been doing the same for so many years.
I am neither South African or Asian. Thanks.

David, South Africa   March 24th, 2009 7:32 am ET

Hi Hala,

Rather South Africa have a few weeks bad press than have a fall-out with China, a major trading partner! Especially in these times!

eze charles okafor   March 24th, 2009 11:03 am ET

i want to strongly condem south africa for it's action, i believe the world is watching to know how important the nagative pressure from china is. i hope obama would condem south africa for it's action.
okafor charles nigeria.

Hampie de Kock   March 24th, 2009 7:30 pm ET

Dear Hala

Thank you for your outstanding work – ALWAYS. Our Government does not represent the so called "rainbow nation". The current Government is selfserving and on the prowl for money and personal gain for the so-called freedom fighters. They sound informed, act honourable, but fail to grasp basic political concepts – especially democracy. Our people are embarrassed by this decision and ashamed of our "leaders". Radio stations here are outraged and I am afraid that – regardless of our "gateway" status, minerals, tourism and other individual prestations, we as hardworking citizens doing a honest day of work are getting fedup with the ongoing – "banana republic – crime ridden & corrupt" – village attitude of government (chiefs). They just don't cut it – and they never will...

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