For an organisation that claims to cherish liberal values such as the free exchange of contradictory ideas and that aims to pursue factual accuracy, the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) has certainly taken a strange position on Forum Film’s latest documentary, Disrupted Land. In his recent column, AfriForum’s disgraceful and immoral documentary, the IRR’s Gareth van Onselen goes on an impressive flight of fantasy regarding AfriForum’s views. He aggressively attacks the organisation for purportedly believing what Van Onselen has conjured up in his own mind without any evidence. AfriForum has made many statements in the past that could be regarded as controversial. We have also never shied away from defending our views, and we will continue to do so. What AfriForum cannot do, however, is defend a position that is falsely attributed to the organisation. You would think that a senior researcher such as Van Onselen would know that attacking someone with fabrications only serves to discr...

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