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Visa shadow over Tutu's birthday

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Desmond Tutu, South Africa's retired archbishop and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, celebrated his 80th birthday on Friday.

Known as The Arch, Tutu is a much-loved figure in his country, mostly for the role he played in ending apartheid.

Recently, however, he branded South Africa's government of being "worse than apartheid" over suspicions that a delay in issuing a visa to the Dalai Lama, Tibetans' spiritual leader, to attend the celebrations was due to pressure from China.

Al Jazeera's Mereana Hond explains.

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