Refugee's wife wants name cleared

2009-09-09 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Brandon Huntley, who was granted refugee status in Canada last week, told his now-estranged wife that between 20 and 50 white people are murdered daily in South Africa.

Canadian Melanie Crete-Huntley, who married Huntley on August 31, 2007, said in a telephone interview that he continuously told her things that made her scared of South Africa.

“He said, as a white woman, I would be hijacked, raped or assaulted if I were to go to South Africa.”

Crete-Huntley and Huntley have been estranged since last October.

She said she was aware he was going to apply for refugee status, but never expected him to be so “disrespectful” toward his own country.

Now, Crete-Huntley is livid, since in his application for asylum, he described her as “not a nice person”.

She can’t understand this statement, since she took care of him financially since their wedding until recently.

She said Huntley’s father (who lives in South Africa) told her his son makes the father’s life very difficult.

Crete-Huntley said she will submit an urgent application to the Canadian Immigration Board to see his application for asylum.

She related how he is seen as a hero among residents of Ottawa, Canada, and that people they know describe her as a “bitch”.

“I want my name cleared, and Brandon will have to explain why he said those things about me.”

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