South Africa rejects Donald Trump's tweet on farmer killings

Cheryl Sanders
August 23, 2018

ANC officials committed to protect productive agricultural land and property rights in a meeting with a commercial farmers' lobby group about the government's plan to allow expropriation without compensation.

It was not immediately available for comment on Trump's tweet.

"To this end the presidency will request the minister of the department of global relations and co-operation to obtain clarification from the United States ambassador‚" said Khusela Diko‚ President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokeswoman.

"The presidency has asked the minister of global relations to engage with the USA on statements made by Trump", said Diko.

Trump's comments have inflamed an already high-octane debate over land in South Africa, a country that remains deeply racially divided and unequal almost a quarter of a century after Nelson Mandela swept to power at the end of apartheid.

"South Africa totally rejects this narrow perception which only seeks to divide our nation and reminds us of our colonial past. The only way to heal that wound is to give land to our people‚" he said.

The tweet appears to be in response to the segment as he tagged both Carlson and Fox News. However, farm murders are at a 20-year low.

He's asked his Secretary of State to closely study the land reform process in South Africa.

South Africa Correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish told Mike Hosking they want to change that.

Since the end of apartheid in 1994, the ruling African National Congress party has adopted a "willing-seller, willing-buyer" model in which the government has tried to redistribute land to blacks by buying farms from white owners.

Mr Trump's tweet comes days after it was announced that his wife, Melania, will travel to Africa in October for her first major solo worldwide trip as first lady.

The US's acting ambassador to the country Jessye Lapenn will be summoned to explain Trump's comments, two people familiar with the situation said on Thursday.

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