The Canadian government is now appealing the case to the Federal court but that court will rely on the same facts presented at the original hearing so is fairly unlikely to reverse the ruling. For anybody who follows South African affairs the matter is an open and shut case. Whites are very often attacked by blacks in South Africa and there have been many deaths — particularly among white farmers. The topic has been taboo so far in most of the world’s media but some reports do leak out and I myself noted the degradation that was well underway when I was last in South Africa. My two trips to South Africa were respectively during and after Apartheid.

“Getting out” is the Holy Grail for most whites in South Africa today but overcoming the immigration restrictions that all English-speaking countries have in place has always been the problem for them. Despite that, many have escaped and there are certainly plenty of them in Australia who will tell you of the frightening experiences that motivated them to leave.

The big problem in this case is POLITICAL. The case could and should open the floodgates to white refugees fleeing the discrimination and violence that they face daily in today’s South Africa. That would however have a heavy impact on the myths about “multiculturalism” that have been so zealously nurtured by the Western Left — JR

Canada’s government distanced itself from an independent refugee tribunal’s controversial decision granting a white South African man asylum in this country because he was persecuted by blacks. Canada’s foreign affairs department said in a statement it “respects the independence” of the Immigration and Refugee Board and its decision to grant the Cape Town born Brandon Huntley, 31, refugee status. It added, “The Immigration and Refugee Board operates at arms’ length from the Canadian government and its decision-makers are not subject to outside influence, making decisions solely on the basis of evidence presented at the refugee hearing.”

The ruling has caused a race debate in South Africa. South Africa’s ruling African National Congress party has described Huntley’s claims that he was “attacked seven times by Africans due to his skin colour” as “sensational and alarming.” “Canada’s reasoning for granting Huntley a refugee status can only serve to perpetuate racism,” it added.

Ottawa said it “recognizes the achievements of the government of South Africa in promoting a tolerant, multi-racial society.” Canada and South Africa enjoy a “deep and mutually-beneficial relationship” it said, and added that “the tribunal’s decisions are independent from the views of the Canadian government.”

Huntley told The Star newspaper Wednesday that he had won asylum because he fears that he could face violent persecution for being white. He claims he was attacked seven times, including three stabbings, by black assailants who called him a “white dog” and a “settler” during attempted robberies and muggings.

But he said he never reported the crimes to police, nor had he approached the government about the attacks. “I refuse to talk to the government,” he told the paper.

He refused to discuss the details of his case, saying he feared his family still living in South Africa could face reprisals, but claimed he had highlighted the problems of modern South Africa. “I’ve opened people’s eyes,” Huntley told The Star.

Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board said privacy laws prevented them from commenting on the case. “We cannot comment on refugee claims. This type of claim is heard in private,” spokesman Stephane Malepart told AFP. South Africa, meanwhile, has said it would seek a review of a board’s decision granting one of its white citizens asylum in Canada.