Human rights group slam Australian visa plans for white South African farmers

The debate has raged on over the last 24 hours, as Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton sounded out plans to fast-track visas for white South African farmers who he feels will be “persecuted” by land expropriation without compensation.

As reported by the Sydney Morning Herald, Dutton has directed the Home Affairs Department to explore whether the farmers can be accepted into Australia through refugee, humanitarian or other visas, including the in-country persecution visa category.

This would be a much more rapid process than just applying for a standard entry visa to the country. Ndivhuwo Mabaya is Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokesperson. He immediately dismissed Dutton’s idea, saying it was based on “wrong information”:

SA government react to visa plans for farmers
“We call on organisations like AfriForum who are spreading wrong information to cause panic and fear to refrain from doing so.”

“There is no reason for any government in the world to suspect that a section of South Africans is [in] danger from their own democratically elected government. That threat does not exist.”

Human rights group denounce fast-track visas for white South African farmers
Members of Australia’s Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC) have since expressed their dismay at the potential fast-track visas for white South African farmers.

Arif Hussein, a lawyer for HRLC, lamented what he saw as the hypocrisy of helping white South Africans, but ignoring issues closer to home:

“If only our government responded with the same urgency and compassion to people fleeing violence and genocide in our region, instead of leaving them with nowhere to go or locking them up in dangerous conditions on Nauru and Manus.”

Director of Campaigns Tom Clarke also tweeted his disapproval of Peter Dutton’s approach. He accused the government of “punishing” other refugees who have been detained in camps for the last five years.

“SA needs help from a civilised country”
The Home Affairs Minister’s plans didn’t just raise eyebrows for its ambition. The language Dutton used was… something else.

He said that South Africa needed help from “a civilised country” to fight the crisis of farm murders, and said that white South African farmers “deserve special attention”.

No matter how it was phrased, this idea was always going to be contentious. Land expropriation is no longer a debate for this country alone and Australia perhaps won’t be the last nation to try getting involved.

By: The South African / 2018-03-15


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20 thoughts on “Human rights group slam Australian visa plans for white South African farmers

  1. That will be Australia’s leftist bias supporting the ANC. They’re quite happy to bring in the violence of the Apex gangs like but don’t want SAFFAS because they work, ask questions and don’t follow what they say blindly.

  2. Why worry now SA Government? For years now we begged you to do something about these farm murders. You chose to call it ordinary crime…ordinary crime when a 2 year old blond girl is shot execution style in front of het parents? You do not want white farmers, you do not want white people at all. We cannot even get jobs or enter into a contract…why do you want to stop Australia?? Are you maybe scared of famine when we are gone, knowing that you cannot be successful in ANYTHING you do? Knowing that the farms already transferred to black ownership lie unattended and barren?

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