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11.07.2014. The South African man who sought refuge in Canada by saying he feared persecution from blacks, has lost his latest bid to remain in that country, writes Bheki Mbanjwa in his article Canada boots out SA’s ‘white refugee’:
The Canadian Federal Court has upheld the decision of the Immigration and Refugee Board which refused to grant Brandon Huntley refugee status.
He had claimed he could not return to South Africa as whites were “targeted, attacked and killed because of their skin colour”. He also said he did not trust the South African judiciary and that legislation only “theoretically” provided recourse for addressing persecution, hence his application for refugee status.
Judge Catherine Kane ruled this week that refugee protection is considered a substitute protection in the event of a country failing to provide protection and that Huntley had failed to provide evidence that he would not get such protection in his home country.
In his original application, made in April 2008, Huntley had claimed that:
“In 2000, he received delayed medical treatment (stitches and x-rays) in favour of black patients at a hospital where all the staff were black;
“He applied to the Home Office for a passport and had to return three days in a row to submit his passport application because black citizens were permitted to go ahead of him in line;
“He was required to submit additional documentation not required of black applicants when making his application for his work permit for Canada;
“He was unable to get a job in South Africa due to affirmative action;
“He was assaulted and stabbed at least six times since he was a teenager by black South Africans because of his race. During these incidents, he was subjected to racial slurs;
“He is aware of other white South Africans who have been “hijacked” and/or assaulted;
“Members of the (ANC) chanted phrases such as “Kill the whites”; and,
“Members of his family in Roodeport have hired a security company to follow them if they have to drive at night.”
He had however never reported any of the alleged crimes against him to the police.
Huntley took that decision on appeal, claiming the board had ignored evidence of racism and persecution of whites. He also submitted to the court that the board failed to consider his “fears of the president and other political leaders who chant and sing songs inciting violence against white people”.
He also claimed he feared reprisals after his application for refugee status attracted a lot of media attention. He said he “believes he would be flagged at the airport upon arrival”.
Read the entire story in IOL News.
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