16th September 2014.
During a visit to Mthonjaneni on Sunday, IFP
President Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP berated Government for
bowing to pressure from China in its unethical and
unconstitutional approach to the Dalai Lama.
"They are barring a Nobel Peace Laureate from
entering our country. Imagine a democratic country did this to
Madiba or to Inkosi Luthuli? We would be outraged," said Prince
However this is but one in a litany of
examples of the ruling party compromising what is good, right
and lawful to please its alliance partners, its funders and
those to whom it owes political favours.
"We saw Government's policy of GEAR fall by
the wayside when COSATU rejected it, and the NDP may well face
the same fate," said Prince Buthelezi. "In the case of the Dalai
Lama, the SACP made its mandate clear that Government must never
allow this man with his 'perverted political agenda' into our
Prince Buthelezi was referring to a statement
issued by the SACP last week claiming that the Dalai Lama sought
secession for Tibet. It refused to be part of 'an agenda aimed
at undermining the sovereignty and national unity of China',
because, during the liberation struggle, China 'refused to
recognise the apartheid agenda to balkanise our country'.
"This viewpoint is riddled with contradictions
and ignorance," said Prince Buthelezi. "They fail to appreciate
that by telling our Government to bow to China on this issue
they are in fact supporting an agenda that undermines the
sovereignty and national unity of South Africa."
"Tibet is not seeking secession," he said.
"During the World Parliamentarians' Convention on Tibet, in Rome
in 2009, the Dalai Lama made it clear that his
Government-in-exile is no longer seeking the independence of
Tibet, but merely a form of regionalized local autonomy."
More recently, Kalon Dicki Chhoyang, Cabinet
Member in the Central Tibetan Administration, visited South
Africa and explained the Tibetan struggle in these words,
"Fundamentally, it is about a people's fight for its right to
exist with its own distinct cultural identity and language
within the provisions of the Chinese constitution.
This includes the right to practice their religion openly
and without hindrance from the State as permitted in all free
countries. We are
not seeking to secede from China."
"China may have refused to recognise
apartheid's agenda of balkanisation, but as Chief Minister of
KwaZulu I entirely derailed that agenda by refusing to accept
nominal independence for KwaZulu. So shouldn't the SACP be
urging Government to listen to Mangosuthu Buthelezi? Their
politics is often poorly thought-out, yet it influences
Government's agenda profoundly. This is a big problem," said
Prince Buthelezi, "Government needs to show greater leadership."
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