SACP backs ban on Dalai Lama

23 March 2009

The Party congratulates government's vigilance in refusing visa to Tibetan spiritual leader


The SACP fully appreciates and accepts the decision by the South African government not to grant a visa for the Dali Lama visit at this time. We stand by our government on this matter.

It is a well known fact that the month of March is a particularly sensitive period as it is associated with the Dalai Lama's putsch for cession of Tibet from China. This is fact is generally accepted and appreciated in diplomatic circles including in all major Western Countries. These countries themselves would have been extremely cautious to allow a visit by the Dalai Lama to their own capitals in this period.

It is therefore hypocritical for anyone including western leaders to condemn South Africa's stance during this period.

The SACP has noted some veiled attempts, exploiting the fact that South Africa is in an election period, to politicize the South African government stance on the issue of the Dalai Lama and compel the use of the 2010 World Cup Peace Conference to opportunistically support an anti-Chinese Tibetan separatist agenda.

We are opposed to this political sleight of hand to pressure our government into active interference in China's internal affairs and polarize millions of 2010 World Cup supporters along political lines, majority of whom, in more than 100 nations, support China's sovereignty over Tibet. The whole scheme smacks of hypocrisy and must be denounced.

We congratulate our government's vigilance and asserting the full responsibility to articulate an independent and sovereign position on foreign policy matters including reaffirming its complete support of the One-China-two systems policy.

We reiterate our principled support of and the need for the 2010 World Cup Peace Conference to proceed as planned, without succumbing to dangerous political experiments, tied to the interests of imperialism and its aggression, especially toward developing countries.

Statement issued by the South African Communist Party, March 23 2009

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Some really objective arguments from Chinese lapdogs?
Watch out though, when the chinese have finished SA only Sh!t will be left - dont forget they eat dogs even the lap variety.

by Disgraceful on March 23 2009, 16:39
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So sad
Really. This story is so sad. It seems like we keep sinking and sinking. The really sad part is that the SACP is getting ready to take a huge part in the governing of SA. I hate everything that the Chinese stand for. They rape the world's resources and . .more

by Craig on March 23 2009, 17:54
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Hokus Pokus
What a cheek to talk about a "putch" when it was China that invaded Tibet.

Why are all communists such ghastly people?

by Chinese Slayer on March 23 2009, 18:04
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Disgusting, but consistent
To the SouthAfricanClotsLeague the Dalai Lama represents feudalism and `backwardness'. To be driven out with bayonet and bludgeon. God help us all.

by Gus Gosling on March 23 2009, 19:23
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Well done. Finally one country that has come to its senses and recognizes what damages Dalai Lame is doing to the world and to the national security of China.

by RT on March 23 2009, 20:28
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Good move, ANC/SACP
When the ANC/SACP were "fighting" apartheid, the whole world had to stand with them against this "unique" evil. But somehow Zimbabwe is "different", and Tibet is "different" -- and China, a country that uses slave labour to undermine the workers of the . .more

by Seth on March 23 2009, 22:00
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Who enabled the ANC?
And who enabled Mugabe? Do you ever ask yourself this question?

Mugabe? Primarily Jimmy Carter and Andrew Young, with a minor role played by the British. I am always amused to think that Mugabe is perversely correct when he blames the British . .more

by JVR on March 24 2009, 05:03
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RSA allows Mugabe's of the world to visit but no men of peace...
what a disgrace....

by what_a_joke on March 24 2009, 08:17
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SACP the parasite
I did not expect anything different from the SACP. History will still judge on this shortsightedness. I like how their statement refers to 'our government'.

by Miya on March 24 2009, 08:42
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Respect goes a long way
Reading some of these comments shows that there's very little respect for our government.The government of the day has the right to make decisions as they see fit and for the majority of us in the country who didn't go to work because there's a taxi . .more

by Blondie Kgomongwe on March 24 2009, 09:50
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Talk of a PR disaster
The ANC government really are so clueless. They had a choice - they could grant a visa to a harmless peace loving Nobel prize winner so that he could talk about peace ... or they could ban him and get world headlines saying how SA is a commie loving . .more

by Sad Days on March 24 2009, 10:00
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totally disgusting
its clearly disgusting not to affford a visa to dalai lama.the country is slowly sinking

by odwa on March 24 2009, 10:00
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Dalai lama
The Chinese commies are the world's new expoiters. Boycott 2010.

by js on March 24 2009, 10:30
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Not difficult to understand
The people who want the feudalists back in Tibet also want the Portuguese back in Goa, the French back in Algeria, and the Swedes back in Norway. This whole spasm was cooked up by Tutu and de Klerk for unsavoury reactionary reasons which have nothing to . .more

by Domza on March 24 2009, 11:02
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what a joke
What is happening to South Africa, we used to stand for peace and democracy! We are falling apart... our light is fading as a beacon for democracy and freedom...... good bye good named South Africa, hello just another basket case........

by What a joke on March 24 2009, 11:57
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Algeria and Tibet: Disgusting (and Dof) Comparison
Oh do find another tar-brush Dom. Find me a link between the ``Free Tibet'' hippies and neo-fascist pied noir activists. Can you? No you cant (those voices in your head don't count).

Hardly new though. Berkeley (and every other US college town) . .more

by Gus Gosling on March 24 2009, 12:00
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Boycott the world cup. Please
The ANC government has sacrificed freedom of association at the altar of commercial interests with a nation known for feeding its toddlers with molten plastic. Is South Africa truly a sovereign state? I do not think so. If we can be dictated to by . .more

by KeeG on March 24 2009, 12:09
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Afro-mentality at it's best!
They're just so clueless!

by Will on March 24 2009, 12:34
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Our left-footed ANC govt has provided the Dalai Lama with more free global press coverage than he could ever have hoped for his cause to rescue the people and culture of Tibet from Chinese imperialism. Is the Dalai Lama an enemy of SA?
His media . .more

by mayday on March 24 2009, 16:47
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Sounds like apartheid era games and tricks...
How can the SACP bow to capitalist commerical interests in favour of ideals of peace and political freedoms, what a turn-around...

by more_of_the_same on March 25 2009, 15:07
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