Dalai Lama in virtual tribute
THE DALAI Lama, who was not able to visit South Africa in person to honour Nelson Mandela, made a virtual visit to the country yesterday.
He and his friend Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu arranged to come together “for a digital eulogy honouring Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela”, said Sello Hatang, chief executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
He said the foundation and the organisation One Billion Acts of Peace hosted “a virtual conversation” between the two religious leaders yesterday.
They “shared what Madiba’s life personally meant to them”.
The “Hangout on Air” at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Houghton was open to the public and media.
“Let us live the legacy together. This is a place of memory,” Hatang said.
The Dalai Lama did not apply for a visa to come to South Africa to pay tribute to Mandela.
His representative in South Africa, Migyur Dorjee, indicated he would have applied for a visa, if he knew he would be granted one.