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[UPDATE] 'We have never ever said there is a white genocide happening in SA'

27 August 2018 6:15 PM
Tags:
AfriForum
Land expropriation
Donald Trump Tweet

Deputy CEO of AfriForum Ernst Roets says the lobby group welcomes US president's tweet about farm killings in South Africa.

This story has been updated to include Bongani Bingwa's apology...

US President Donald Trump last week tweeted that he has asked his secretary of state to look into land expropriation and the killing of farmers in South Africa.

To discuss the tweet and its implications, Bongani Bingwa spoke to Deputy CEO of AfriForum Ernst Roets.

Roets says they are not a right-wing organisation but a civil rights organisation that aims to protect property rights and the rights of minorities.

READ:Eusebius: 'Given his power, we have no choice but to engage this racist bigot'

He adds that they welcome the tweet by US president Donald Trump.

We welcome the tweet because farm murders is a major crisis in South Africa and expropriation without compensation could potentially have catastrophic results in South Africa.

Ernst Roets, Deputy CEO of AfriForum

What the president of the USA said was that he wants this to be investigated so that he can be more informed about what is happening in South Africa.

Ernst Roets, Deputy CEO of AfriForum

When asked whether they have ever spoken about a white genocide in South Africa, he responded by saying they have never said that.

We have never ever, not a single time said that there is a genocide happening in South Africa.

Ernst Roets, Deputy CEO of AfriForum

During this interview, Bongani Bingwa had claimed that Afriforum's CEO Kallie Kriel had said that there is white genocide in South Africa.

Later on, Bingwa checked the statements and apologised to Roets for those comments and said Afriforum indeed did not say such statements.

In my conversation with Ernst Roets, I specifically used the phrase white genocide. I attributed it to Kallie Kriel, the CEO of Afriforum. And I insisted that this the phrase that Afriforum themselves have used.

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show host

I have double checked the information that I have at my disposal and I do want to concede the point now, Afriforum did not use the phrase white genocide. In fact, from what I'm seeing now, they have gone out of their way to say the large scale of white farmers is not white genocide.

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show host

Ernst Roets, I owe you an apology, Afriforum has not used the word white genocide.

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show host

Listen below to the full interview:


27 August 2018 6:15 PM
Tags:
AfriForum
Land expropriation
Donald Trump Tweet

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