I had the privilege last Sunday of marching with some of Brisbane's South African community to protest the brutal murders of the South African farmers, as well as the now constitutional race-based land expropriation laws.
We marched as a group through the Brisbane CBD with the Queensland Police Service shutting down Ann Street, Edward Street and Alice Street so the protest group could move from Emma Miller Place near Roma Street to Queensland Parliament House at Gardens Point.
Here are some of my shots that I took as I marched along:
It was a peaceful march and there was no counter protests from any sort of far left group. The South African Australians are very patriotic people, who are proud of their old country as well as their new country here in Australia. Most people were carrying South African and Australian flags and chanting "Thank-you Australia" and "Aussie Aussie Aussie ... ".
The march was attended by some Australian politicians including Independent Senator Fraser Anning and Andrew Lamming MP for the Liberal-National Party. Both politicians have been advocates for the white South Africans in their respective houses and both politicians made speeches on the day, in addition to the event organisers.
The march delivered a letter of support for the Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and the possibility of fast tracking visas for white South Africans. Here is the letter of support that was delivered, sourced from the Facebook group for the event: 
LETTER OF SUPPORT
1 We as concerned Australians with a South African heritage representing a range of communities, appreciate the Australian government’s recognition of the plight of farmers in South Africa. The farmers are targeted in South Africa and are being tortured and brutally murdered. In particular, we would like to express our appreciation for:
1.1 the interest expressed by Minister Dutton to advance the interests of Australia by enabling migration of South African farmers and the current investigation of appropriate and fair options by the Department of Home Affairs.
1.2 the support for such solutions expressed by numerous Australian politicians and commentators.
2 Violent crime is rampant in South Africa and affects all of its communities. The attacks on farmers are particularly brutal, leading to a range of public protests in South Africa during 2017. The current farm murders are racially orientated and white farmers in particular are facing persecution. The current political environment and statements such as “Kill the Boer, Kill the Farmer” from prominent Government officials and parliamentarians, have left many South Africans (and in particular the white minority) fearing for their lives. We who are fortunate to live in a country where law and order is maintained and communities can live in peace, are deeply aware of our privilege. We hope that we can also extend this privilege to all people affected by this violence in South Africa.
3 The racial elements of farm murders in South Africa are easily politicized, as was evident this week in a range of political statements. These elements are an unfortunate result of the entrenchment of race in public policies in South Africa, both in the form of colonial and apartheid policies imposed by white minority governments and restorative black economic empowerment policies of democratic governments since 1994. The complexities underlying the violence are also simplified and often skewed to suit political agendas. Such politicization of the racial elements detracts from the human plight linked to the murders and torture of farmers that are occurring in South Africa.
4 South Africans pride themselves on their self-sufficiency. We will appreciate an opportunity to discuss with the Australian government how we as a community, can provide support to any farmers deemed eligible for migration by the government.
5 We remain painfully aware that many of our family members who are not farmers, remain exposed to unacceptable levels of violent crime. We would therefore also like to discuss the current family member visa scheme and its design, as well as how we could provide community support to ensure that any South African family member accepted into such a scheme becomes a migrant that contributes positively to the Australian economy.
6 There are currently applications already submitted to bring family members to the safety of Australia. We would therefore like to request that these applications be expedited to ensure that these family members are not affected by the violence in South Africa.
7 We condemn any inflammatory or inciting language or behaviour, as we support constructive engagement with these issues in the interest of Australia, South Africa and all their communities.
If you aren't 100% up to speed on the issues facing white South African farmers you can view clips from Lauren Southern's upcoming Farmlands documentary here on her YouTube channel: Link
Thanks for reading.
- 'March for South Africa' - Facebook Group.