AfriForum launches international campaign to discredit land expropriation

AfriForum launches international campaign to discredit land expropriation

- AfriForum has launched a campaign in which the organisation will present its views on land expropriation without compensation

- The organisation’s head of security, Ian Cameron, claims 109 farm attacks have taken place in the first 100 days of 2018

- AfriForum wants to keep the world’s media updated on developments regarding farm attacks, property rights and other key issues in South Africa

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Civil rights group AfriForum has launched an international campaign in which the organisation will present its views on land expropriation with the rest of the world and discredit the proposal as much as possible.

As part of a dual-pronged attack AfriForum’s head of security, Ian Cameron, claims there were 109 farm attacks in South Africa in the first 100 days of 2018.

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Cameron said the government was deliberately misleading the public about the true nature of farm attacks. Cameron added that in many cases, victims of farm attacks were brutally tortured before being killed.

Briefly.co.za gathered that Cameron blasted the African National Congress (ANC) for ignoring excessive farm violence which was, according to him, on the rise in the Western and Northern Cape provinces.

“Our rural areas were captured in a war of war. Although the South African government denied that a violence crisis faces rural areas in recent weeks, the numbers actually prove that violence in these areas is excessive.”

AfriForum said it had already received 30 000 signatures supporting its petition to stop land expropriation without compensation. The organisation plans to present this petition along with other ‘evidence’ to South Africa’s global trade partners.

The department of international relations and cooperation (Dirco) has rubbished the claims made by AfriForum and accused the organisation of fear mongering and spreading lies and misinformation about land expropriation.

The matter has been thrust into the spotlight after Australia’s home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, said his department is considering fast-tracking visa applications from white South African farmers.

His proposal to provide white farmers with refugee status has actually a small amount of support from various politicians in Australia.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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