South Africa welcomes Australia's retraction of land redistribution commentsStaff Writer | April 3, 2018
South Africa welcomed Australia's retraction of comments by a cabinet minister about granting visas to "prosecuted" white South African farmers.
Africa Not in line with Australian immigration policy
Sisulu said South Africa's diplomatic channels remained open to those who wished to seek clarity on South Africa's policy positions.
Last month, Australia's Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said he would prioritize granting visas to "prosecuted" white South African farmers who deserve special attention from his government over South Africa's land redistribution.
His remarks prompted Sisulu to summon Australian High Commissioner to South Africa, Adam McCarthy to express South Africa's displeasure.
Last week, both Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop retracted Dutton's offer to help white South African farmers.
In her Monday statement, Sisulu said South Africa welcomes Australia's condemnation of the unfortunate comments by South African and other international organizations and leaders.
"We must emphasize, as we have stated before, that no one is being persecuted in South Africa, including white farmers," Sisulu said.
She called upon all non-governmental organizations to "desist from spreading untruths and misleading information." ■