Australia's plan to save white SA farmers from 'horrific circumstances'
Australia's plan to save white SA farmers from 'horrific circumstances'
Australia Examining Fast Track Visas for Threatened South African Farmers AP Themba Hadebe by Simon Kent14 Mar 20180 14 Mar 2018 14 Mar 2018
15 March, 2018, 03:32
Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton announced on Wednesday that his department wants to open the country's borders to white South African farmers after hearing reports of land seizures and violence.
It is not clear whether Dutton was referring to farm-murder statistics, or the South African government's recent undertaking to explore land expropriation without compensation.
He said he had asked his department to look at the options "because from what I have seen they do do need help from a civilised country like ours".
"It must be stated again that the South African president, the Minister of Land Affairs, and [the] Minister of International [Relations and Cooperation] have said in a number of public platforms, and also when engaging with stakeholders, that the process of land redistribution would be orderly, within South African laws and [take] into consideration both social and economic impact", Mabaya said.
The Australian High Commission in Pretoria was not immediately available for comment.
"We regret that the Australian government chose not to use the available diplomatic channels available for them to raise concerns or to seek clarification", the ministry added.
According to a land audit by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform a year ago, whites own 72% of SA's farm and agricultural land, with coloureds coming in at 15% and blacks at 4%.
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Farmers' group Afriforum SA has expressed gratitude to Mr Dutton for acknowledging the attacks on white farmers.
Reuters was not able to verify the figures independently.
"We have taken a decision that all agricultural unions in South Africa meet to help farmers in the country, black and white".
Afriforum chief executive Kallie Kriel applauded Dutton for highlighting the issue but said his organisation was not advocating mass emigration.
AfriForum's point of view remains that solutions for the problems that Afrikaners and other minorities experience in South Africa must be found and that a future must be created at the southernmost tip of Africa wherein Afrikaners and other minorities can continually exist as free, safe and prosperous.
"Ìt's good that there's worldwide recognition that we have a problem here". "I doubt white South African farmers will make the move to Australia".
"We can not have a situation where we allow land grabs, because that is anarchy", Ramaphosa said.
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