'Australia fast-tracking visas for white SA farmers based on false information'

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"The people we're talking about want to work hard, they want to contribute to a country like Australia".

On Wednesday, Mr Dutton told News Corp white South African farmers "deserve special attention" and "need help from a civilised country like ours", and the Home Affairs department was working with partners in the region, with an announcement likely to be forthcoming soon.

Statistics on farm murders are disputed, but reports have suggested as many as one white farmer a week is killed - and that the group is at a greater risk of being murdered than policemen.

Mabaya said the South African government was clear that the matter was before Parliament for it to engage on it.

He declared: "We have the potential to help some of these people that are being persecuted" and said he wanted to explore whether the farmers could access visas or humanitarian programs.

The department of global relations and cooperation (Dirco) has slammed statements made by an Australian politician, who says his country is examining the fast-tracking of visas for white South African farmers because of the dangers they apparently face in South Africa.

AfriForum's point of view remains that solutions for the problems that Afrikaners and other minorities experience in South Africa must be found and that a future must be created at the southernmost tip of Africa wherein Afrikaners and other minorities can continually exist as free, safe and prosperous.

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"I think in this circumstance we do need to look at the persecution that's taking place", he said.

Asked if this could be achieved with the South African government's cooperation, Dutton replied Australia "can work with governments all around the world".

"We regret that the Australian government chose not to use the available diplomatic channels available for them to raise concerns or to seek clarification", the ministry added.

The government has been buying back land from white farmers for years but has been frustrated by slow progress in increasing the percentage of black ownership.

Farm worker Mogoala Justice Ratalele (L) stand near his boss farmer Hans Bergmann (R) after an incident in which he was held at gunpoint for the theft of the chainsaw that he was working with, on November 2, 2017, in Tzaneen, South Africa.

Afriforum chief executive Kallie Kriel applauded Dutton for highlighting the issue but said his organisation was not advocating mass emigration.

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