The latest debacle with not allowing the Dalai Lama a visa for the Peace Conference in 2010 shows that the South African government is bowing to Chinese pressure. And, the genocidal (more than a million Tibetans murdered already) China is smiling broadly as it bends us over the table and gives us one where the sun don't shine. They've managed to buy the SA government off and as we all know, this is not difficult.
The limp-wristed argument that the Dalai Lama's presence will detract from the World Cup 2010 just doesn't wash. Even the most hysterical supporters of the ANC-led government must see that it is a shambolic smoke-screen.
The Dalai Lama's presence in South Africa would have elevated our status, not detracted from it, in the eyes of the world. We are, afterall, the poster child for reconciliation, aren't we? That's a mantle we shouldn't carry lightly.
I've got to take my hat off to our Minister of Health, Barbara Hogan for taking a stand against this travesty. At least she's shown us her mettle and written a line in the sand: "I'm no ANC Acolyte".
I think this debacle has backfired on the government as it has created more publicity about their murderously stupid ideology than it should have. I'll bet the Dalai Lama issue has knocked the World Cup off the front pages of the world stage … just what the SA government feared would happen. Once again, a half-cocked strategy that has sprung to life and created a Frankenstein that we now have to deal with. I'm sure the sophisticated nations of the world must be shaking their heads as they watch South Africa drop its name once again – its murderous stance on the people of Zimbabwe, its stance on HIV Aids (although Hogan seems to be a buoy of hope in a sea of stupidity), a government so corrupt that it just ranks second on the corruption scale after Angola, Xenophobic violence, a shambolic justice system that allows criminals to use every loophole to keep themselves out of jail, where criminals have more rights than victims, everytime someone in authority is questioned it is labelled racist and so on. After 15 years of ANC-rule it seems that we have gone backwards.
On March 18, 2009 I wrote a piece called The World Is Kak Scared Of China. You might just want to read it again to get context as to why the SA government's stance is unconscionable.