AfriForum lodged a formal complaint with the United Nations (UN) against Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa and Lindiwe Sisulu in her capacity as former Minister of International Relations and Cooperation.
According to a statement, this was done because Ramaphosa and Sisulu tried to discredit AfriForum as a “human rights defender, thereby undermining the work they do to promote human and civil rights in South Africa”.
This follows Ramaphosa’s remarks on farm murders and land grabs in September 2018 during a visit to America.
"There’s no land grab in South Africa."— QuickTake by Bloomberg (@QuickTake) September 26, 2018
President Cyril Ramaphosa says Trump's tweet about the country's land reform was misinformed pic.twitter.com/xB1C2FZB2G
“The complaint is directed against Ramaphosa’s response to Pres. Donald Trump’s tweet in August 2018 that Trump had instructed his foreign minister to investigate land grabs and farm murders in South Africa, ”the statement read.
I have asked Secretary of State @SecPompeo to closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers. “South African Government is now seizing land from white farmers.” @TuckerCarlson @FoxNews— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2018
“Ramaphosa’s remarks followed AfriForum’s visit to the United States in May 2018 to raise awareness of the South African government’s policy of expropriation without compensation (and the accompanying land grabs), as well as farm attacks.”
According to the statement, shortly after AfriForum’s US visit, Sisulu accused Trump and AfriForum of spreading “blatant lies” and “false information” about South Africa.
AfriForum regards farm murders and land grabs as serious human rights violations that according to Roets should be condemned by all mainstream actors and governments worldwide who believe in the protection of human rights.
In its complaint, AfriForum requests that the Special Rapporteur –
- Protection from Ramaphosa and the South African government that it will effectively protect AfriForum as a human rights defender;
- Ramaphosa and the South African government will be held accountable for their alleged efforts to discredit AfriForum and the organization’s efforts to raise international awareness of gross human rights violations, especially against minorities in South Africa; and
- Request that Ramaphosa and Sisulu withdraw their remarks on an international platform.