October 4th, 2011
05:13 AM ET

Dalai Lama can't get South Africa visa

The Dalai Lama canceled his planned trip to South Africa Tuesday after the nation failed to issue him a visa, his spokesman said. He was scheduled to depart for South Africa Thursday.

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  1. Andreas Moser

    And I just wanted to move to South Africa.

    October 4, 2011 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Evan Schoombie

      I have recently moved FROM South Africa. As much as I love the country, it is in steep decline on almost every level!

      October 4, 2011 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. Evan Schoombie

    This is a sad day for South Africa.

    October 4, 2011 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. raven

    Well WHY did they fail to issue him a visa ? Was it an oversight or a slight ? Pretty important piece of info to NOT include.

    October 4, 2011 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      SA was obviously bought off by you know who. Wonder what the price tag was.

      October 4, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. blanker

    Yeah, must have been an oversight...How do you spell that name again sir?
    Any chance they might be trying to appease China?
    This is what happens when CNN wants to be first to run a story, even if they don't have the story yet.

    October 4, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. Baguette

    Blame China

    October 4, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. yc

    What passport does Dalai Lama have?

    October 4, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Pema Topgyal

      A Tibetan passport

      October 5, 2011 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. beachrat

    Wow! White rule,black rule, lets face it they are all no damn good. So much for peace and love.

    October 4, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar The Chorizo Champ Of Chihuahua

    I got a visa application in the mail.

    October 4, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Pema Topgyal

    Oh South Africa! A nation who has given the world such a Champion of peace & freedom – the great "Nelson Mandela", how can thee fail the world by closing your doors to His Holiness and thereby bowing to the very "forces" you once fought to be rid off. Indeed a sad day in the history of South Africa!!!

    October 5, 2011 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |