Dharamsala : The Dalai Lama has cancelled his visit to South Africa Tuesday after Pretoria failed to issue him a visa , apparently under pressure from China .
The Tibetan spiritual leader had been invited by Desmond Tutu to deliver a peace lecture on Tutuâ€™s 80 th birthday .
â€œThe Dalai Lama was scheduled to leave on October 6 but visas have not been granted so far ,â€ said a statement of issued by the Dalai Lamaâ€™s office .
The Tibetan government-in-exile has expressed disappointment that a sovereign country like South Africa has given into pressure from China .
South Africa had denied a visa to the Dalai Lama in 2009 for fear of angering China .