South Africa Denies Plan to Seize White Farmers' Land

South Africa has hit out at efforts to "divide" the nation after US President Donald Trump waded into the country's debate about land reform.

Trump issued the tweet following a segment on Tucker Carlson Tonight, a Fox News program, in which the eponymous host examined a proposal by the ruling party in South Africa to expropriate farms from white landowners. "The expropriation of land without compensation", Nauert told reporters, "would risk sending South Africa down the wrong path".

South Africa's foreign ministry will seek clarification of Mr Trump's comments from the USA embassy in Pretoria, President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokeswoman said, adding that Mr Trump was "misinformed".

Glaude also shared his thoughts on Trump's motivations, comparing the president's uninformed tweet about South Africa to his recent remarks about murder victim Mollie Tibbets.

Officials from AfriForum welcomed Trump's tweet on Thursday, saying it would put pressure on South African authorities to act.

Alarmist, false, inaccurate, misinformed and, in some cases, politically-motivated statements do not reflect the policies and intentions of the South African government, the government said in a statement posted on its website on Friday. "We will take up the matter through diplomatic channels", said Khusela Diko, a spokeswoman for President Cyril Ramaphosa, the New York Times reported.

Although only nine percent of South Africans are white, they control 72 percent of the country's fertile land, almost a quarter of a century after the official end of apartheid and white minority rule.

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She says police reports show that 47 people, a figure that includes blacks and whites, were killed on farms in South Africa in the past year.

And he said that South Africa would not make the same mistakes that other countries have made. "The president asked him to look at the current state of action with regard to land reform", she said, and Pompeo plans to "take a look at it".

Critics of the land policy say instead of seizing farmland from whites, such households should be given title deeds, turning millions into property owners.

In parliament on Wednesday, Ramaphosa said land expropriation could make more land available for cultivation, and that the process would begin by seizing state-owned land, not privately held land. The goal of the organizers, which included representatives from major neo-Nazi, racist skinhead, "traditional white supremacist", Christian Identity groups, as well as racist prison gangs, was to stop the alleged "genocide of Whites" in South Africa.

South Africa's government pushed back on Thursday, underscoring Trump's cluelessness about the proposed policy and demanding an explanation.

It continued, "South Africa will speed up the pace of land reform in a careful and inclusive manner that does not divide our nation".

Yet far-right groups in South Africa have been working hard to find traction for their ideas in the U.S. In May, the leaders of AfriForum, an Afrikaner rights organization that has referred to apartheid as a "so-called" historical injustice, visited Washington and met with officials at the U.S. Agency for International Development, staffers in Sen.

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