Australian Politics

Australia Should Accept White South Africans as Refugees

UWA student Tyler Walsh discusses the current situation in South Africa, and argues that Australia should accept white South African farmers facing land confiscation & violence as refugees.

“The time for reconciliation is over. Now is the time for justice… We must ensure that we restore the dignity of our people without compensating the criminals who stole our land.”1

Those were the words spoken by Economic Freedom Fighters party leader Julius Malema in South African parliament earlier this year. Malema proposed a motion that will begin the process of amending the country’s Constitution to allow for the confiscation of white-owned land without compensation.

This motion passed by a landslide; with 241 votes for to 83 against. But is it truly justice to punish White South Africans today for the actions of their ancestors? I think it’s far from justice, but I’ll let you make up your own mind.

Despite apartheid in South Africa ending some time ago, there still seems to be a considerable amount of racial tension present. Currently there is an issue in South Africa that is even bigger than the potential confiscation of white-owned land; and that is the ongoing genocide against South African and former Rhodesian farmers.

Lauren Southern debuted her YouTube miniseries “Farmlands” a couple of months ago, where she ventured out to South Africa to seek the truth. She interviewed various local residents who retold their own horror stories. There was one person in particular that a story which really hit home. Lauren Southern met Jeanine, who had a heartbreaking story to share which struck Southern on a personal level.

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Jeanine retells her story to Lauren Southern where her father was shot.

Jeanine and her family currently live on a farming property in South Africa. The farm has been within their family for over one hundred years, and Jeanine is part of the third generation of the family to live on the farm. When her father used to own the farm, someone knocked at the front door of his home. Jeanine’s father opened the front door and he was instantly shot in the stomach. Whilst injured, he stumbled to the house phone and phoned his sister and his neighbour telling them that he had just been shot. He eventually fell and slumped over a chair in his living room and was shot in the back of the head.2

This is just one of the many tragedies faced by white farmers in South Africa.

Whilst Jeanine’s story is heartbreaking to hear, there are many others just like her who have experienced far worse. This is an ongoing vengeance genocide against white South Africans, simply because their ancestors colonised the land hundreds of years ago.

I believe the South African government is acting complacent, and they are only fuelling the fire by making constitutional changes that will eventually allow them to confiscate white-owned land. There are people living in South Africa who do believe that there will be a civil war within the next five years.

If Australia accepts refugees fleeing from South Africa, it would not only be in the refugees’ best interest but in Australia’s best interest too. Not simply because these refugees are white, which is what the left like to think, but because these refugees have developed skills which are transferable in any workforce in Australia, they speak English, and their culture is compatible with the Australian way of life.

About a month ago, the Australian Liberty Alliance started a petition calling on the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon. Peter Dutton MP, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Julie Bishop MP, to accept South African refugees and provide some financial assistance to those who have had their assets stolen.

The full petition text, as stated on is as follows:

We, the undersigned citizens and residents of Australia, ask the Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, to ensure that for the 2018/19 budget year, our federal government reserves 80% of available refugee visa places for South African and former Rhodesian farmers, workers and their families. We further ask that travel loans be made available by the federal government to those South African refugees, who had their assets stolen or seized by corrupt officials and cannot afford passage to Australia.3

So far, this petition has over 50,000 supporters.

Australian Liberty Alliance leader Debbie Robinson and Israeli-Australian political activist Avi Yemini flew into Perth three weeks ago to deliver their petition to the Hon Julie Bishop MP’s office in Subiaco. Debbie Robinson, Avi Yemini and other like-minded proud Australians including myself met up at Nicholson Road Reserve to express their full support for allowing refugees from South Africa come to Australia.

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Right- and left-wing activists clash on Rokeby Road.6

On the other side of the road where Julie Bishop’s office is located, counter-protesters gathered who claimed that the Australian Liberty Alliance and their supporters were racist. One of the counter-protesters said “I would describe that petition as being white Australia policy by stealth,”4. The counter-protesters chanted phrases such as “unite the fascist right” and the patriotic petition supporters proudly sung our national anthem.

I was fortunate enough to be Avi Yemini’s Facebook live stream cameraman for this event. It was interesting for me to meet Avi in person for the first time; he is serious when it comes to preserving Australian culture, but he also has a great sense of humour as you can see below; classic Australian banter.

“Thank you very much for coming out today this morning, on a work morning I understand. Unlike the ferals across the road, most of you have jobs… Unfortunately, Centrelink seems to be shut today.”5

The UWA Politics Club ran a poll in the UWA Politics Club Community Facebook group asking participants “Should Australia accept white South Africans as refugees?”

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White South African refugees have nearly the full support from the UWA Politics Club community based on the results of this poll; 84% of participants voted ‘Yes’ and 10% voted ‘No’.

Hopefully, the Australian federal government will listen to the voice of the majority of Australians and let the right refugees in.







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