Following recent marches and reports in foreign media about a ‘genocide’ in South Africa targeted at white farmers, the DA Abroad has issued a statement strongly condemning the orchestrated narrative.
“There have recently been numerous reports from Australia and Belgium media, as well as various protest action against an alleged “white genocide” taking place in South Africa,” said Francine Higham, DA Abroad Leader, in a media statement Monday.
“While we commend the concerns of South Africa’s expat community, the DA Abroad condemns organisers of protests and events who perpetuate misinformed narratives and mobilise on the basis of race.
“Violent crime in South Africa is unacceptably high and it affects all South Africans, regardless of race.”
“Violent crime in South Africa is unacceptably high and it affects all South Africans, regardless of race. The DA is dedicated to ensuring that every South African feels safe and protected in our country.”
Higham said the DA Abroad is of the view that these narratives of alleged ‘white genocide’ are “blatantly incorrect and simply untrue”, and the reports are “nothing more than an attempt to divide South Africans on the basis of race and to derail our country’s reconciliation process”.
She said: “In particular, the calls for the Australian government to consider a ‘special’ intake of white South African farmers facing violence, or the threat of land expropriation without compensation in South Africa is discriminatory and ignores the fact that thousands of South Africans are affected by crime every day, or the fact that rural crime affects ALL South Africans, not only white South Africans.”
Australian Government’s Official Response to Calls…
SAPeople contacted the Australian government for its latest official response to the calls. Australian Finance Minister Julie Bishop said that “pursuant to our existing Humanitarian and Refugee Visa program, any person who fears persecution or requires humanitarian support, may make an application for a visa to Australia. The program is non-discriminatory and each application is assessed on its merits.”
The Guardian newspaper reported on Friday of a failed asylum bid by a white South African farmer. His bid was first denied in 2015, and upheld in September last year. The man had been severely injured, and his wife and five people murdered in 1998 in South Africa. He appealed to Australia for protection because he feared “harm on the basis of his race”… but the Australian Immigration Department argued there was little evidence of racially motivated crime against white farmers (or white South Africans).
The Tribunal said, in 2015, that SA sources indicated that “although white farmers are targeted for crime at a rate higher than other white people in the country, there was also significant crime against black farm workers… Furthermore, the department referred to sources which indicate that the vast majority of crimes against whites are not racially motivated, but rather are crimes for financial gain.”
The DA Abroad said it recognises that farmers and farm workers across rural communities in South Africa are at risk of violent crimes. In South Africa, the Democratic Alliance (DA), has continuously put pressure on the SA government to prioritise rural safety and urgently reintroduce rural safety units.
Higham said: “Furthermore, while the DA supports land redistribution to correct the injustices of the past, we reject land expropriation without compensation, and have taken an active stand against the attempts by the ANC and EFF to implement abrogation of existing private property rights. Property rights are the bedrock of development and economic growth…
“For the past 24 years, South Africans across racial lines have been committed to building an inclusive and non-racial society and the DA Abroad has been dedicated to work with South African expats and the international community to realise this vision.”
March in Brisbane, Australia for South Africa – 25 March 2018
Amazing words!! He spoke with great passion. Thank you Andrew Laming
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March in Belgium for South Africa – Antwerp, 22 March 2018
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