‘Civilized’ Australia may fast-track visas for white SA farmers wishing to emigrate

Australian Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton says his department is considering fast-tracking visas of white South African farmers looking to emigrate to Australia because the group deserves “special attention” due to “horrific circumstances” they face in South Africa, the BBC has reported.

The BBC says that according to The Guardian ” an outbreak of land seizures” and violence have led the department to consider this option.  ” …From what I’ve seen, they do need help from a civilized country like ours,”  Mr Dutton is reported to have said.

“The people we are talking about want to work hard, they want to contribute to a country like Australia.”

The BBC says that, asked if he could achieve this with the South African government’s co-operation, Mr Dutton replied that Australia “can work with government’s all around the world.”

A South African government spokesman Ndivhuwo Mabaya told the BBC: “We remain a united nation here in South Africa…. There’s no need for anyone to be scared or fear anything.  The land distribution programme will be done according to the law.”

According to the BBC the South African government  dismissed allegations that white farmers are being “persecuted” as ridiculous.

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