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Australia Considers Fast-Track Visas for White South African Farmers

Farm worker Mogoala Justice Ratalele stands near his boss farmer Hans Bergmann after an incident in which he was held at gunpoint. A long campaign of violence against the country's farmers, who are largely white, has inflamed political and racial tensions nearly a quarter-of-a-century after the fall of apartheid. PHOTO: Epoch Times/AFP/Gulshan Khan/Getty

Home affairs minister Peter Dutton says the group deserves ‘special attention’ due to the ‘horrific circumstances’ they face at home

By Paul Karp | 14 March 2018

THE GUARDIAN — White South African farmers “deserve special attention” from Australia due to the “horrific circumstances” of land seizures and violence, Peter Dutton has said.

South Africa’s new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, is pursuing legal changes to allow appropriation of farm lands without compensation for redistribution to black South Africans.

The policy has led to reports, including in the Australian media, that white farmers are being murdered at a rate of more than one per week. […]

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