Dalai Lama visa fallout rages on

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The controversy around government's decision not to grant a visa to Tibet spiritual leader Dalai Lama rages on.

Yesterday members of the South African Friends of Tibet accused Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma of trying to impose a "one China policy" on South Africans while ignoring the dire human rights situation in Tibet.

"The minister has stated that it is in the national interest to accept the Chinese-dictated 'One China Policy' without explaining the implications of that policy with regard to the human rights violations perpetrated on some six million Tibetans living under Chinese domination," said the Saft in a statement.

Dlamini-Zuma said on Friday the government was not bullied by China into refusing the Dalai Lama a visa, but was acting in terms of its one-China policy.

The Dalai Lama was to attend a 2010 World Cup peace conference which was postponed indefinitely.