WASHINGTON — The Rev. Jesse Jackson said today that he was given permission to attend Sunday's inauguration of Desmond Tutu as Anglican archbishop of South Africa, but only under unacceptably severe restrictions.
Unless he is given more flexibility, Jackson said, such a visit "would not be a good use of time."
Jackson said he had received an invitation from Tutu but has been advised by the State Department that the white minority government is willing to give him only a "restricted-restricted visa" that would limit him to attending the ceremony.
He said he has been offered a visa that would allow him to fly in Saturday, attend Tutu's inauguration and depart Monday morning, while Pretoria is offering others five-day visas.
Jackson said he would not be allowed to visit churches, speak out publicly, attend anti-government demonstrations or visit black activist Winnie Mandela.