“The Sunday Independent said the Chinese embassy in South Africa had confirmed its government had appealed to South Africa not to allow the Dalai Lama into the country.
(…..) The Dalai Lama was invited to participate in the conference by Archbishop Tutu, Mr De Klerk and former South African President Nelson Mandela. (Reuters)“
“As a government we have not extended an invitation, and therefore the issue of a visa does not arise.“
Ronnie Mamoepa, foreign affairs spokesman
“We would not do anything to upset the relationship we have with China.“
Unnamed South African official, quoted by Business Day