12 November 2012

South Africa: Home Affairs Notes Decision of the Supreme Court of Appeal to Reserve Judgement On the Dalai Lama Matter

press release

The Home Affairs Ministry has noted the decision of the Supreme Court of Appeal, today Monday 12 November 2012, to reserve judgement on the appeal brought by the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and Congress of the People (COPE) on matter of the Dalai Lama.

The government opposed the application brought by both parties against the decision of the Western Cape High Court which had ruled earlier that the points raised by the counsel of the parties were moot following a withdrawal of the application for a visa by the Dalai Lama

The Ministry will await the decision of the Supreme Court of Appeal on the matter, but remains confident of the case it has made against arguments brought by counsel for the COPE and IFP in court today.

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