Following a vote in February, South Africa passed a measure to amendment its constitution to allow land seizure without compensation. In the midst of swelling racist rhetoric against whites, Australia is proposing emergency visas for white farmers who may be in danger. Australia’s Home Minister Peter Dutton, who oversees immigration, said white South African farmers may need the visas for their "special protection." According to the New York Times, Dutton said, “I think these people deserve special attention and we’re certainly applying that special attention now.” He added, “We want people who want to come here, abide by our laws, integrate into our society, work hard, not lead a life on welfare."

South Africa’s foreign ministry disagreed with Dutton, while claiming that whites in South Africa face no danger. “There is no reason for any government anywhere in the world to suspect that any South African is in danger from their own democratically elected government,” spokesman Ndivhuwo Mabaya said. “That threat simply does not exist.”

Currently, whites own approximately 75 percent of South Africa’s farmland. Leftists and ethnic nationalists in South Africa assert that much of the farmland was seized from black South Africans over the course of history. 

According to the New York Times, "As of 2016, 181,400 Australian residents were South African natives, according to the latest census.” It went on to say, “The government does not break down that figure by race, but white South Africans have been moving to Australia in large numbers for decades."

The African National Congress party controls the South African parliament and executive branch. The leader of the Economic Freedom Party, Julius Malema, has used race-baiting rhetoric while stating his claim that the government should hold land in trust for the people. Recently, he told supporters, "So, these people, when you want to hit them hard – go after a white man," Malema told his followers. "They feel a terrible pain, because you have touched a white man. ... We are starting with this whiteness. We are cutting the throat of whiteness."

His opponents include, however, the leader of the native Zulus. King Goodwill Zwelithini of the Zulu nation said that his people will defend their land to the death. Millions of acres of land were turned over to the Zulu nation and held in trust, following the democratization of South Africa in 1994.



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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