S African govt ‘acted unlawfully’ in failing to give Dalai Lama visa
London: A South African court has ruled that the government acted unlawfully in failing to give Tibetan spiritual the Dalai Lama a visa in time for a planned visit last year.
The Dalai Lama was forced to cancel plans to attend Archbishop Desmond Tutu's 80th birthday celebrations in October 2011.
According to the BBC, the Supreme Court of Appeal said the former home affairs minister had "unreasonably delayed her decision".
The court was hearing an appeal application by two opposition parties, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and the Congress of the People (Cope), about the issue.
The Supreme Court of Appeal found no evidence that the government had actually made a decision not to grant a visa, but did detect stalling tactics, the report said.
“What is justified by the evidence is an inference that the matter was deliberately delayed so as to avoid a decision,” the court said.
According to South Africa's City Press newspaper, the court said that former Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma "was not entitled to deliberately procrastinate".