The South African government acted unlawfully by dragging its heels on a failed visa application by the Dalai Lama to attend Desmond Tutu's 80th birthday last year, a court ruled Thursday.
Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama delivers a speech on World Compassion Day in Mumbai on November 28. South Africa's government acted unlawfully by dragging its heels on a visa bid by the Dalai Lama which prompted accusations of pandering to key trade partner China, a court ruled Thursday.
The Supreme Court of Appeal said the home affairs ministry had "unreasonably delayed" its decision to grant the Tibetan spiritual leader and his entourage visas to attend the celebrations for the renowned rights activist.
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