‘Civilized’ Australia to Offer Visas for South African White Farmers

South African farmer Piet Kemp inspecting baby corn in Sartichala Photo: Wikimedia Commons
South African farmer Piet Kemp inspecting baby corn in Sartichala Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The Australian Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton said the white farmers of South Africa are persecuted and a ‘civilized’ country needs to help them.

Mr. Dutton said his country is considering visas for white South African farmers because they are in “horrific circumstance’ there.

Mr. Dutton told the reporters in Australia, as BBC quoted him, the South African farmers need help “from a civilized country like ours.”

“If you look at the footage and read the stories, you hear the accounts, it’s a horrific circumstance they face,” Australian Minister of Home Affairs told the reporters.

“We want people who want to come here, abide by our laws, integrate into our society, work hard, not lead a life on welfare.”

Peter Dutton said the South African farmers need special attention and “we’re certainly applying that special attention now.”

Meanwhile, the government of South Africa has dismissed Mr. Dutton’s accusations as ‘ridiculous’.

The South African government spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya told in an interview with BBC, “There’s no need for anyone to be scared or to fear anything.”

The land redistribution programme will be done according to the law. We want to say to our friends across the world that there’s no need to panic.”

Mr. Mabaya said South African remains “a united nation here in South Africa – both black and white.”

South African Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement, “the Australian government chose not to use the available diplomatic channels available for them to raise concerns or to seek clarification.”

A tension over South Africa’s farmland allocation has been boiling over the last few months.

The white people, who constitute nearly 10% of the overall population, controls 75% of the total farmland of the country.

The ANC has taken the power of the country for nearly two decades but things remained almost unchanged.

When Cyril Ramaphosa came to power after Jacob Zuma, the farmland reallocation debate was intensified.

The radical left Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party pushed forward the movement of land expropriation without compensation and it has been popularized in South Africa over the last few months.

President Ramaphosa, however, rejected the idea of ‘land grabs’.

President Cyril Ramaphosa said, “We will not allow land grabs. We will not allow land invasion – because it is illegal. It begins to violate rights of other South African citizens.”

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