Today, during a presentation at the sixteenth session of the United Nations (UN) Forum on Minority Issues, AfriForum brought the ongoing incidents of discrimination and hate speech against minorities in South Africa to the attention of the forum. These issues include, among others: the chanting of the song “Kill the Boer” by high-profile politicians; the South African government’s planned exclusion of white farmers from tariff-free agricultural exports to the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) if they don’t meet certain race criteria; and the application of race as a condition for water use licence applications.
According to Ernst van Zyl, AfriForum’s Head of Public Relations, “these forums are valuable opportunities to network with other organisations that represent minority groups, as well as international role-players who are sympathetic to AfriForum’s cause.”
The findings highlighted in AfriForum’s presentation and reports attracted a lot of interest among the representatives at the Minority Forum, explains Van Zyl.
AfriForum also presented a report to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) earlier this week. With today’s presentation, AfriForum’s international campaign at the UN has now been concluded.
“With another successful international campaign finalised, AfriForum will now continue its primary strategy to further implement and expand state-proof, community-based solutions in South Africa,” concludes Van Zyl.