Brandon Huntley is 31 years old and South African. And he doesn’t live in his home country. He lives in Canada where he’s been granted refugee status after a series of muggings that he says were racially motivated. The tribunal panel chair William Davis found “that the claimant was a victim because of his race (white South African) rather than a victim of criminality.”
The ANC’s none too impressed and has labelled the decision ‘racist’ and says it will further ‘perpetuate racism’. The case’s been rapidly picked up online – here’s a Facebook group for him, and against him.
Here’s how it’s being reported by The Star in Johannesburg.
I know South Africa pretty well ( I used to live there, and have been back plenty of times since) and I’m sure the accusations Brandon Huntley is making will resonate very strongly with some white South Africans. I’m equally sure, others (black and white) will see this as evidence that some white South Africans are still struggling to adapt to life where all are equal, including in their exposure to violent crime.
And just to put some context on this, the South Africa murder rate remains at an astonishing 18,000 a year. Violent crime touches every part of society, though how often there’s a racial element I’d need to find out. Maybe we can approach ISS, who can be very good on these issues. w
Are you in South Africa? Do you know it? Do you believe some white South Africans are victims of racism? And even if that is the case, would that warrant another country giving them asylum status?
Mikezilla thinks crime is bad in South Africa “but it’s hardly a systematic mistreatment of white people” and the Canadian government has been duped by someone who wasn’t able to qualify for citizenship
But Vanilla Ice, says “Let as many white South Africans into Canada as needed” arguing many white South Africans have similar education, morals, cultural background, and ideals as Canadians so if “racist South Africa can’t understand their benefit let Canada succeed with them.”
This cartoon is another take on the Brandon Huntley story!