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South Africa rejects Peter Dutton’s offer to white farmers

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has doubled down on his desire to bring white South African farmers to Australia after drawing an angry reaction from Pretoria.

Mr Dutton believes the farmers deserve ‘special attention’ from a ‘civilised country’ like Australia because they face violence and land seizures.

‘I think in this circumstance we do need to look at the persecution that’s taking place,’ Mr Dutton told 2GB radio on Thursday.

He has directed his 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.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton (pictured) believes the farmers deserve ‘special attention’ and need help from a ‘civilised country’ like Australia

AfirForum chief executive Kallie Kriel said the fue of white South African famers is in Africa

AfirForum chief executive Kallie Kriel said the fue of white South African famers is in Africa

Confiscating the land could potentially lead to food shortages and an economic crisis similar to Zimbabwe (stock image)

Confiscating the land could potentially lead to food shortages and an economic crisis similar to Zimbabwe (stock image)

However, the South African foreign ministry says the ‘threat’ Mr Dutton refers to does not exist.

‘There is no reason for any government in the world to suspect that a section of South Africans is under danger from their own democratically elected government,’ it said in Pretoria, Reuters reported.

‘We regret that the Australian government chose not to use the available diplomatic channels available for them to raise concerns or to seek clarification.’

AfriForum, a rights group representing primarily the white Afrikaner minority, praised Mr Dutton’s comments but said it was not in favour of mass emigration.

‘Our future is in Africa, not elsewhere,’ chief executive Kallie Kriel said.

Mr Dutton believes white farmers in South Africa face ‘horrific circumstances’ and need help from Australia.

‘We have a huge South African expat community within Australia. They work hard, they integrate well into Australian society. They contribute and make us a better country,’ he said.

‘They’re the sorts of migrants that we want to bring into our country.’ 

‘If you look at the footage and read the stories, you hear the accounts, it’s a horrific circumstance they face,’ Mr Dutton told the Daily Telegraph on Wednesday.

Australia is investigating what visas can be offered to white South African farmers who are facing violence and land seizures at home (stock image)

Australia is investigating what visas can be offered to white South African farmers who are facing violence and land seizures at home (stock image)

‘We have the potential to help some of these people that are being persecuted.’

The South African parliament recently passed a motion which may lead to white farmers having their land seized and given to black owners without compensation. 

‘We must ensure that we restore the dignity of our people without compensating the criminals who stole our land,’ Economic Freedom Fighters party leader Julius Malema said, The Independent reported.

Confiscating the land could potentially lead to food shortages and an economic crisis similar to Zimbabwe. 

With an uncertain farming future and heavy drought, white South African farmers are already being pushed out of the industry.

Mr 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.

‘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.

The minister said it was clear the farmers in question wanted to work hard and contribute to countries like Australia.

The South African parliament recently passed a motion which may lead to white farmers having their land seized and given to black owners without compensation (stock image)

The South African parliament recently passed a motion which may lead to white farmers having their land seized and given to black owners without compensation (stock image)

However people have slammed the minister for his 'racist' decision to support white South Africans instead of those on Manus Island (pictured)

However people have slammed the minister for his ‘racist’ decision to support white South Africans instead of those on Manus Island (pictured)

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

‘And I think these people deserve special attention and we’re certainly applying that special attention now.’

Mr Dutton suggested an announcement could be made soon.

‘We’re just looking at the moment at what might be feasible and hopefully we’ll make an announcement in due course,’ he said. 

'So Peter Dutton considers white South Africans to have suffered "horrific circumstances", but the refugees, including Rohingya refugees, who languished for years in the Manus Island detention centre did not. Disgraceful,' one person wrote online (pictured)

‘So Peter Dutton considers white South Africans to have suffered ‘horrific circumstances’, but the refugees, including Rohingya refugees, who languished for years in the Manus Island detention centre did not. Disgraceful,’ one person wrote online (pictured)

'You didn't really care about those on boats who came here .... only sporting different skin colour,' another shared (pictured)

‘You didn’t really care about those on boats who came here …. only sporting different skin colour,’ another shared (pictured)

'Peter Dutton proving once again that whit supremacy has no subtlety,' one wrote (pictured)

‘Peter Dutton proving once again that whit supremacy has no subtlety,’ one wrote (pictured)

Many people appeared angered by Mr Dutton's comments on social media with some people calling him 'racist' 

Many people appeared angered by Mr Dutton’s comments on social media with some people calling him ‘racist’ 

'It's very interesting that Peter Dutton talk about the white South African deserve special attention no one cares about your statements ...,' another person shared (pictured)

‘It’s very interesting that Peter Dutton talk about the white South African deserve special attention no one cares about your statements …,’ another person shared (pictured)

However, people have slammed Mr Dutton for his decision to want to help white South Africans but not the refugees on Manus Island.

‘So Peter Dutton considers white South Africans to have suffered ‘horrific circumstances’, but the refugees, including Rohingya refugees, who languished for years in the Manus Island detention centre did not. Disgraceful,’ one person wrote online. 

‘You didn’t really care about those on boats who came here citing similar persecution only sporting different skin colour. Now all of a sudden you’re a humanitarian? Just stop,’ another said. 

‘It’s very interesting that Peter Dutton talks about the white South African deserve special attention no one care about your statements while you have such a barbaric policy on Manus and Nauru. Australia considers fast-track visas for white South African farmers,’ someone else shared. 

'We want people who want to come here, abide by our laws, integrate into our society, work hard, not lead a life on welfare,' Mr Dutton said (stock image of Manus Island detention centre)

‘We want people who want to come here, abide by our laws, integrate into our society, work hard, not lead a life on welfare,’ Mr Dutton said (stock image of Manus Island detention centre)



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