Sisulu welcomes Australia’s government retraction after Home Minister comments

JOHANNESBURG- Minister of International Relations and Cooperation (IRC) Lindiwe Sisulu has welcomed the Australian government retraction of the remarks made by its Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton regarding South Africa’s land redistribution issue.

The Australia’s prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop have since retracted the comments made by Dutton who said white South African farmers should receive special treatment and their visa’s prioritized.

The department of IRC’s Ndivhuwo Mabaya said,  “The minister of international relations has welcomed the communication we have from Australia that indicates that the statement made by the home affairs minister in relation to immigration in that country is not in line with their country and they will remain in line with their policy when they deal with immigrants.”

In a statement Sisulu said, “We welcome the assurance by the Australian government as reported in the media that the comments made by their home affairs minister are not in line with Australian immigration policy,” Sisulu said.

“We also welcome Australia’s condemnation of the unfortunate comments by South African and other international organisations and leaders.”

“We must emphasise, as we have stated before, that no one is being persecuted in South Africa, including white farmers. We call upon all non-governmental organisations to desist from spreading untruths and misleading information,” she said.

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