GOVERNMENT WILL OPPOSE COPE AND IFP APPEAL AGAINST WESTERN CAPE HIGH COURT JUDGEMENT ON DALAI  LAMA

Pretoria - in response to media queries, the government wishes to put it on record that itwill oppose the appeal by the  leaders of the IFP and COPE, Mangosuthu Buthelezi and MosiuaLekota respectively  on the Dalai Lama matter scheduled to be heard in the Supreme Court of Appeal on Monday 12 November  in Bloemfontein.

The government respects and abides by the Western Cape High Court Judgment delivered early this year that ruled that the issues raised by both parties were moot arising from the fact the Dalai Lama had withdrawn his application for a visa a to visit South Africa before the Minister of Home Affairs could consider the application.  Secondly the Western Cape High Court was of the view that the events for which the Dalai Lama wanted to visit South Africa had passed. 

The government remains convinced of the correctness of the judgement of the Western Cape High Court on this matter. In this regard, the government welcomed the decision, respects and abides by that decision. The onus rests on the two political leaders to show why the judgement of the Western Cape High Court was incorrect.


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