Canada grants white SA man asylum over ‘black persecution’

2009-09-01 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — The South African government expressed outrage yesterday at a ruling by Canadian authorities to grant a white South African man refugee status.

The man claimed he would be persecuted if he returned home to South Africa.

Home Affairs spokesman Ronnie Mamoepa said the department has heard about the “baseless allegations against our people and our country”.

The Ottawa Sun on Friday reported that Brandon Huntley (31) presented “clear and convincing proof of the state’s inability or unwillingness to protect him”, the Canadian immigration and refugee board panel ruled last Thursday.

The chairman of the tribunal panel, William Davis , said the evidence of Huntley “showed a picture of indifference and inability or unwillingness” of the South African government to protect “white South Africans from persecution by African South Africans”.

This is the first time a white South African has been granted refugee status in Canada claiming persecution from black South Africans.

The Canadian newspaper reported that Huntley — who grew up in Mowbray, Cape Town — claimed he had been attacked seven times by black South Africans.

He said he was called a “white dog” and a “settler”.

“There’s a hatred of what we did to them and it’s all about the colour of your skin,” Huntley reportedly said.

“His claims would have been preposterous and laughable had they not been so serious,” said Mamoepa, who was previously spokesman for Foreign Affairs.

There’s a hatred of what we did to them and it’s all about the colour of your skin. ‘Refugee’ Brandon Huntley

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