h/t Ozzie Saffa
The subject of Brandon Huntley has been raised on this site a few times and the latest news is that a Canadian judge has largely rejected his story of racial prejudice in South Africa. This is something of a travesty, because as all of us at ILSA know well, racial prejudice has official status in South Africa, and for a foreign judge to deny it is simply a rejection of facts.
Now, whether or not you believe Huntley's story is largely irrelevant - and I've made it clear that I have my doubts - but the facts to which he alludes are incontrovertible. Victimisation of white people in South Africa, both at an officially sanctioned level and on the streets, is a reality and the goal of this blog has been, in no small part, to gather and present evidence of this reality.
If Huntley is sent home, this represents a huge kick in the teeth for South Africans, and reveals the entire concept of refugee status as a sham intended to favour only certain "victim groups". While Huntley has been living in Canada, a boatload of Sri Lankan "refugees" has pitched up in Vancouver and stated their intent to live off the state for the rest of their lives. Similarly, other claimants plead "poverty" in their homelands as a reason for their refugee claims - as though Western countries have a duty of care towards those whose cultures and societies create only poverty and need.
White South African fights to stay in Canada
- Brandon Huntley had been granted refugee status because he claimed persecution in his homeland, South Africa. (Tony Caldwell, QMI Agency file photo)
OTTAWA - A white South African who was granted refugee status in Canada after claiming racial persecution may yet be sent home.
On Wednesday, the Federal Court granted immigration minister Jason Kenney's request for a judicial review of the refugee board decision that allowed Brandon Carl Huntley to stay in Ottawa.
In his 2008 application, Huntley said he'd been stabbed three times in seven robberies at the hands of black South Africans. They called him a "white dog," he told the refugee board.
Huntley presented "clear and convincing proof of the state's inability or unwillingness to protect him," the board found. It granted him refugee status in 2009.
Kenney had argued evidence presented on Huntley's behalf was irrelevant. Another woman had testified that black South Africans had tortured and shot her brother, showing the country was powerless to prevent black-on-white violence.
The board decision had also been blasted by South Africa's governing African National Congress as "racist."
Huntley's lawyer, Rocco Galati, told the court the South African government had twisted the immigration minister's arm to review the case, calling the review application an "abuse of process from outside pressure."
Federal Court Justice James Russell didn't buy it.
Russell's decision sets aside the earlier refugee board decision, and sends Huntley's refugee claim back to a "differently constituted" board for consideration.
Huntley first came to Canada in 2004 to work as a carnival attendant. He returned the next year, staying illegally until making his refugee claim.