The Dalai Lama has been denied visas during previous efforts to travel to South Africa, reflecting the sensitivities of China, one of South Africa\’s most important trading partners. A spokesman for the Buddhist leader, Tenzin Taklha, said the Dalai Lama had no plans to attend, according to South Africa\’s head of public diplomacy, Clayson Monyela.
South Africa has never hosted so many world leaders — or faced such daunting logistical and security challenges. Most, including President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, will attend a memorial Tuesday at the 90,000-seat soccer stadium in Soweto. A select few will attend Mandela\’s private funeral Sunday in Qunu, his home village. via – latimes.com