A "disappointed" South Africa summons US envoy over Trump tweet

Donald Trump tweets on South Africa land invasions; White farmer killings.. SA is turning into Zim?

On Thursday, August 23, 2018, Trump tweeted that he had informed his Secretary of State to study the land and farm seizures going on in South Africa.

Trump's direction for Pompeo followed a Tuesday segment on the issue by Carlson who later called South Africa's response "pure propaganda". "South African Government is now seizing land from white farmers", the tweet read.

The U.S State Department says President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have discussed South Africa's land reform.

"South Africa totally rejects this narrow perception which only seeks to divide our nation and reminds us of our colonial past", a tweet from the official government account said.

South Africa's ANC-government has been expropriating and redistributing land for years, but it has not passed any legislation to allow for expropriation without compensation as of yet. One opposition party has proposed taking land from white property owners who are not using the land and giving the land to black farmers, but is opposed to compensation.

"We continue to encourage a peaceful and transparent public debate about what we consider to be a very important issue in South Africa".

The New York Times Editorial Board is evidently watching developments in South Africa closely, referring to an op-ed article in The Financial Times by Ramaphosa that his proposal was "no land grab", and that the ANC's land reform program would not undermine investment in the economy or damage agricultural production. "Our local government should examine all land, and we will make a decision on how to deal with that land", Ramaphosa said, according to local outlet Independent Online.

"South Africans are dealing with the hard issue of land reform through an open process including public hearings, broad-based consultations, and active civil society engagement", the statement read.

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In this photo from October 30, 2017, people place white crosses, representing farmers killed in the country, at a ceremony at the Vorrtrekker Monument in Pretoria, South Africa. Instead, it documents several instances of discrimination against black South Africans.

Another issue raised in the Trump tweet is one of white genocide happening in South Africa. As usual, unpacking what's happening in South Africa is hard as the situation is complex.

In March, Australia's then-home affairs minister said he was exploring giving South Africa's white farmers access to fast-track visas on humanitarian grounds amid fears over the number of farm killings. "We have not seen that happen in South Africa", she said.

The South African government condemned Trump's attempt to sow division.

It's unlikely Trump knows much about South Africa - he has yet to name an ambassador to the country ― but his claim is a favorite conspiracy theory among white nationalists and South African far-right groups, some of which have gained influence in the White House in recent months.

Ramaphosa has said that expropriation is necessary to return land that was seized from blacks during apartheid, the country's previous system of racial discrimination.

The president mentions that South Africa has learnt from the experiences of other countries, and will not make the same mistakes that others have made.

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