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Home News World News Africa and Indian Ocean South AfricaWhite South African granted asylum in Canada after attacks from blacks
A white South African has been granted refugee status in Canada after an immigration board ruled he faced persecution from black people if he returned to his native country.
By Ian Evans in Cape Town
Published: 6:11PM BST 31 Aug 2009
Brandon Huntley, 31, originally from Cape Town, said he was attacked seven times, including three stabbings, by black South Africans during muggings and robberies before he moved to Canada.
He claimed he was called a “white dog” and a “settler” by black people in a reference to South Africa’s colonial and apartheid past.
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“I find that the claimant would stand out like a ‘sore thumb’ due to his colour in any part of the country,” tribunal panel chair William Davis was quoted as saying.
Mr Huntley first travelled to Canada on a six-month work permit in 2004 to work as a carnival attendant. He returned to South Africa and then went back to work in Canada in 2005 for a year and stayed illegally for an additional year until he made a refugee claim in April 2008.
It is thought to be the first time a white South African man has been granted refugee status in Canada claiming he was the victim of black aggression.
Speaking about black on white violence in South Africa, Mr Huntley said: “There’s a hatred of what we did to them and it’s all about the colour of your skin.” —-NAH ,YAH THINK!