PRETORIA– South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Co-operation (DIRCO) has expressed regret that the Australian Government did not use the available diplomatic channels to raise concerns or seek clarification on the land redistribution process in South Africa.
This follows reports attributed to Australia’s Home Affairs (Interior) Minister, Peter Dutton, who said the Australian government is exploring how to bring white South African farmers to Australia on humanitarian grounds as a result of the land redistribution process and the violence on farms, which they say is racially charged.
We regret that the Australian government chose not to use the available diplomatic channels to raise concerns or seek clarification on the land redistribution process in South Africa. Those channels remain open and available for all governments to engage with the South African government, DIRCO said in a statement here Wednesday.
However, the department said it would engage with the Australian government on this matter.
Dutton’s comments followed a recent motion passed by the South African Parliament to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation, pursuant to a resolution of the governing African National Congress (ANC).
The resolution established a Constitutional Review Committee to consider all aspects of expropriation without compensation, including its legal and economic aspects. The resolution of Parliament thus sets forth a process and the Constitutional Review Committee must report back to Parliament by Aug 30.
DIRCO reiterated President Cyril Ramaphosa’s comments that the process of land redistribution will be orderly, within South African law and take into consideration both the social and economic impact.
The South African government has been very clear and transparent on the land reform process and the matter is now before Parliament. All stakeholders will be consulted and they are also encouraged to engage with Parliament,” DIRCO said.
There is no reason for any government anywhere in the world to suspect that any South African is in danger from their own democratically elected government. That threat simply does not exist.
DIRCO called on organizations such as AfriForum to stop spreading incorrect information to sow panic and fear.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK