DA Abroad rejects 'white genocide' narratives causing protests overseas
The DA Abroad has vehemently condemned narratives of genocide targeting white farmers in South Africa, which have swept through certain countries across the world.
DA Abroad leader, Francine Higham, called the narratives "misinformed" and "untrue".
"We are of the view that these narratives surrounding an alleged “white genocide" are blatantly incorrect and simply untrue. These reports are nothing more than an attempt to divide South Africans on the basis of race and to derail our country’s reconciliation process," Higham said in a statement issued on Monday morning.
"Violent crime in South Africa is unacceptably high and it affects all South Africans, regardless of race. The DA is dedicated to ensuring that every South African feels safe and protected in our country," she said.
Higham further labelled calls for the Australian government to consider a "special" intake of white farmers from South Africa - who according to the narratives are facing violence and the threat of land expropriation without compensation "discriminatory".
She pointed out that these narratives ignore "the fact that thousands of South Africans are affected by crime every day, or the fact that rural crime affects ALL South Africans, not only white South Africans".
"The DA Abroad recognises that farmers and farm workers across rural communities in South Africa are at risk of violent crimes," she said, pointing out that the DA "has continuously put pressure on the South African government to prioritise rural safety and urgently reintroduce rural safety units".
"Furthermore, while the DA supports land redistribution to correct the injustices of the past, we reject land expropriation without compensation and have taken an active stand against the attempts by the ANC and EFF to implement abrogation of existing private property rights. Property rights are the bedrock of development and economic growth," she explained.
She invited South Africans in Australia and other concerned organisations and individuals to engage the DA Abroad team to "support those in the DA challenging the issues of rural safety and land expropriation without compensation in order to uphold and protect the rights of all South Africans".
Higham was responding to protests in Australia and Belgium in March and April protesting recent reports about farm murders in South Africa.
The DA Abroad leader reiterated the party's commitment to work towards building an inclusive and non-racial society in South Africa.
"For the past 24 years, South Africans across racial lines have been committed to building an inclusive and non-racial society and the DA Abroad has been dedicated to working with South African expats and the international community to realise this vision."
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