South Africa slams Dutton's farmer remarks


AfriForum reacted to commentary this morning by Peter Dutton, the Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs, that South African farmers' applications to immigrate to Australia will possibly enjoy priority attention, by saying that this is a serious charge against the South African government.

The home affairs minister told the Daily Telegraph on Wednesday his department was examining a range of methods to fast-track their path to Australia on humanitarian or other visa programs.

The spokesperson did not specify which minority groups, but white people only make up about 10 per cent of the population in South Africa.

"Dirco is engaging with the Australian government on this matter".

"People do need help and they need help from a civilised country like ours", Mr Dutton told News Corp.

Those remarks were swiftly rebuked by the South African government, which accused Mr Dutton of shunning diplomatic channels and fabricating the threat against white farmers.

"I think in this circumstance we do need to look at the persecution that's taking place", he said.

Australia's home affairs page states a total of 13,765 visas were granted under the annual Humanitarian Program from 2015 to 2016.

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"I do think on the information that I've seen, people do need help, and they need help from a civilised country like ours", Mr Dutton said.

"There are existing visa categories where we can accommodate people and we're just looking at the moment as to what might be feasible and hopefully we'll make an announcement in due course".

South Africa's foreign ministry has dismissed Mr Dutton's comments and expressed its "regret" over the lack of diplomatic communication.

As Breitbart News has reported, South Africans are increasingly anxious that the government's plans to expropriate land from white farmers without compensation could destroy the economy and the country's fragile democracy.

South Africa's ruling ANC party is planning new laws that will allow the government to redistribute farmland without paying compensation, in an escalated push to give black South Africans more access to the land.

Dutton added that white farmers from South Africa needed assistance "from a civilized country like ours".

Afriforum, a rights group that mainly represents the views of the white Afrikaner minority, describes being a white farmer as one of the most unsafe jobs in the country, saying a white farmer is twice as likely to be murdered as a policemen, and four times as likely as a private citizen.

African Farmers Association chief executive Neo Masithela said Dutton's statements are "ridiculous".