The City of Cape Town has suspended the planned Nobel Peace Summit in Cape Town.
Ray White covering for John Maytham spoke to the Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille about the decision.
This development follows the recent announcement that Nobel peace laureates Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Leymah Gbowee and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines would be boycotting the event.
The Tibetan National Congress (TNC), an independent Tibetan political party based in the United States, had launched a global campaign urging the Nobel Laureates to either boycott or relocate the summit to a venue more compatible with the Nobel Peace Prize’s ideals of open and inclusive dialogue, unless the South African government reverses its decision to bar the Dalai Lama.
Africa Melane, standing in for Kieno Kammies, spoke to the TNC's President, Jigme Ugen, to find out the motivation behind the call.
Ugen said that the intention was never aimed against Cape Town or South Africa, but to highlight the tendency to succumb to China's wishes.