South African farmers to Trump: Mind your scandals

South African farmers to Trump: Mind your scandals

South African farmers to Trump: Mind your scandals

"(Mike) Pompeo to closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers", Mr Trump tweeted to his 54 million followers. However, President Ramaphosa announced on July 31 that the ruling ANC would seek to change the country's constitution to explicitly allow land that was seized during apartheid to be expropriated without compensation.

Trump's tweet triggered a diplomatic dispute with South Africa's government, which summoned the U.S. ambassador to explain the president's "unfortunate comments", according to the country's Department of International Relations and Cooperation. Several experts say the reform, initiated in 1994, was poorly implemented and there is no question but that land redistribution to black South Africans has been slow.

"President Donald Trump's unfortunate tweet shows disrespect for South Africa's sovereignty and our commitment to justice and redress", Mandela said in a statement.

Earlier this year, Australian immigration minister Peter Dutton sparked a diplomatic row after he said that Canberra should give "special attention" to white South African farmers seeking asylum.

"Not surprisingly, South Africa reacted angrily to Mr. Trump's tweet, saying it reflected a 'narrow perception which only seeks to divide our nation and reminds us of our colonial past.' Sadly, it probably reflects even less than that - a clueless grasp at a racially tinged political diversion".

US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said on Thursday that the expropriation of land without compensation would not be a good thing and would send South Africa down the wrong path. Trump's domestic critics accused him of racism, and spreading fake news.

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It wasn't the first time the USA envoy in South Africa has been summoned over Mr. Trump's words.

Violent crime is a serious problem across South Africa and 47 farmers were killed in 2017-18, according to statistics from AgriSA, an association of agricultural associations. The protests originated in 2011 at the hands of Monica Stone, a long-time member of the Louisiana-based white supremacist Christian Defense League and immigrant from South Africa.

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. South Africa's sordid history of apartheid, a system of discrimination based on race, includes laws such as the 1913 Native Land Act that formalized discriminatory rules on buying and leasing land and racial segregation in land ownership. "Second, there is no "large scale killing of farmers" going on in South Africa".

"Venezuela, with a poverty rate of 90%, and Zimbabwe, with an unemployment rate of 90%, are examples that prove that the disregard of property rights ruins a country's economy Everyone in SA should therefore hope that the pressure from the U.S. will lead to the ANC reconsidering the disastrous route they want to take SA on", AfriForum chief executive Kalie Kriel said.

South Africa's national discussion on land reform has been open and transparent since it began 24 years ago.

The ADL explained how Trump's claims are actually part of a long-standing effort by white supremacists to falsely paint white people as victims of genocide.

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