- Hundreds rallied in Brisbane in support of murdered white South African farmers
- Independent senator Fraser Anning said in a speech it amounted to genocide
- He called the attackers ‘subhuman’ for torturing and butchering farmers
- Claimed South Africa would need Australian foreign aid after blacks took farms
- He called on government to bring white farmers to Australia as refugees
An Australian senator claims white South African farmers are suffering a ‘state-sponsored genocide’ at the hands of their black countrymen.
Independent senator Fraser Anning urged the Australian government to grant farmers refugee status in a speech to a rally in Brisbane on Sunday.
‘This is the start of a genocide as far as I’m concerned, and it’s only going to get worse because the genocide has just started,’ he said.
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Independent senator Fraser Anning claims white South African farmers are suffering a ‘state-sponsored genocide’ at the hands of their black countrymen
The Queensland MP called the black thugs pillaging and stealing farms ‘subhuman’ as police statistics showed 638 attacks on farms and 74 murders in 2016-17.
‘Anyone who would boil a child in a bath, rape his mother and slaughter people the way they are slaughtering them now are subhuman,’ he said.
Senator Anning claimed the farms would fail when taken over by black people, plunging South Africa into famine.
‘These people, when they do take over the farms, as we’ve seen in [Zimbabwe], the farms will run into ruin,’ he said.
Independent senator Fraser Anning urged the Australian government to grant farmers refugee status in a speech to a rally in Brisbane (pictured) on Sunday
Another MP who spoke, LNP Queensland MP Andrew Laming, referenced a photo claimed to be of an 87-year-old farmer who was bashed with an iron bar and his wife raped
‘Within a few more years they’ll be asking, demanding our support, and you can be sure that the United Nations will be demanding that we support these people with foreign aid.
‘[Foreign Minister] Julie Bishop will throw your money around like a drunken sailor.’
Senator Anning, who grew up on a cattle farm, said Australia should prioritise bringing white South African farms in over other refugees.
‘They integrate, they are industrious, they’re hardworking, they have the same Christian values as us,’ he said.
‘As opposed to some of the other people we’ve been bringing into the country, who do not integrate, who are a burden on our welfare system, and intent on tearing our country apart.’
Pictures posted to the Stop Farm Attacks & Murders in South Africa Facebook page show the horrific injuries inflicted on farmers
Another image posted on the Stop Farm Attacks & Murders in South Africa Facebook page shows this man’s horrific injuries
Piet Els and his partner Rikkie Alsemgeest were the alleged victims of a brutal attack which saw four black men storm their farm
In an interview with conservative video blogger Ben Shand after his speech, Senator Anning compared ‘racial’ attacks on white farmers to the Holocaust and Joseph Stalin’s Soviet regime.
He also claimed South African politicians, who criticised Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s refugee proposal, were complicit in the attacks.
‘This is the start of a state-supported genocide,’ he said.
‘They are being persecuted by black Africans who’ve never really done anything with their lives except want these farms that have been built up over generations.’
Senator Anning was likely referencing statements by Economic Freedom Fighters party leader Julius Malema in support of the country’s new plan to confiscate white-owned farms and give them to blacks.
‘We are starting with this whiteness. We are cutting the throat of whiteness,’ Mr Malema said.
Australia’s Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton last week announced controversial plans to fast-track white South African farmers through Australia’s refugee program
EFF leader Julius Malema said two weeks ago: ‘We are starting with this whiteness. We are cutting the throat of whiteness’
He later said anyone who immigrated to South Africa from Australia must ‘leave quietly’ and added: ‘Don’t make a noise because you will irritate us.’
LNP Queensland MP Andrew Laming also spoke at the rally in support of Mr Dutton’s proposal, saying the attacks were telling white farmers to ‘get out of our country’.
‘[Mr Dutton] could have ignored [farmers] completely, and hid behind PC departments, who continue to say the murder rate here is no different from the murder rate down the road,’ he said.
Mr Laming said he became aware of the issue through a photo claimed to be of an 87-year-old farmer who was bashed with an iron bar and his wife raped.
He reposted the image to his official Facebook page, where it racked up 27,000 shares in two weeks.
More than 1,000 people marched at the rally in Brisbane’s CBD on Sunday
More than 1,000 people marched at the rally in Brisbane’s CBD on Sunday, waving placards reading ‘save the farmers in South Africa’ and ‘Australia is against reverse apartheid’, along with crosses mourning murdered farmers.
Mr Dutton directed his department to explore whether the farmers could be accepted into Australia through refugee, humanitarian or other visas.
He said they needed help for a ‘civilised’ country like Australia, in comments the South African government called ‘sad’ and ‘regrettable’.
‘We regret that the Australian government chose not to use the available diplomatic channels available for them to raise concerns or to seek clarification,’ it said.
Ms Bishop said last week there were no plans to ‘fast-track’ white farmers into Australia as refugees or otherwise.
The number of white farmers murdered or attacked in South Africa is hotly contested due to a lack of hard data.
Protesters held crosses mourning dozens of murdered farmers from the past few years
Local rights group Afriforum claimed 156 commercial farmers were killed per 100,000 of the population, though others said it could be as low as 0.4
Protesters waved placards reading ‘save the farmers in South Africa’ and ‘Australia is against reverse apartheid’
Local rights group Afriforum claimed 156 commercial farmers were killed per 100,000 of the population, though others said it could be as low as 0.4.
Some of the killings were reported to have been barbaric, with farm owners tortured, raped, burned alive, and slaughtered in front of their families.
Farm attack victims are usually restrained with shoe laces, telephone wires or electric cables, according to a previous AfriForum report.
Some have had their nails pulled out, had boiling water poured over their bodies and been beaten to death with makeshift weapons.
‘Some of the murders have been accompanied by gratuitous violence and torture that can only be explained as racial hatred,’ Australian National University international law expert Associate Professor Jolyon Ford told SBS.
Some of the killings were reported to have been barbaric, with farm owners tortured, raped, burned alive, and slaughtered in front of their families