Trump jumps into South Africa land debate, govt hits back

Dairy cows feeding on a farm in South Africa's Western Cape

Dairy cows feeding on a farm in South Africa's Western Cape

His tweet follows a Fox News report on land expropriation in South Africa.

President Donald Trump has been watching Fox News again.

Since then, the organization said references to "genocide" in South Africa have been common among white supremacists.

Mmusi Maimane, the leader of the main opposition Democratic Alliance party which opposes forced expropriation but backs land reform, said "fear mongering by global leaders adds no value".

Donald Trump can hardly string a sentence together, so expecting him to understand the complexities of the land expropriation debate is wasting your time.

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Shortly after joining Rebel Media, the Canadian equivalent of Breitbart, Hopkins announced that she was going to South Africa to document the "racial war waged by black extremists who are systematically murdering white farmers".

Statistics released in May by agricultural group AgriSA found that farm murders had decreased to 47 over previous year, less than one-third of the highs in the late-1990s, although other groups argue attacks have recently increased.

"Everyone in South Africa should hope that the pressure from the United States of America will lead to the (ruling party) reconsidering the disastrous route that they want to take South Africa on", AfriForum's CEO Kallie Kriel said in a statement on Thursday.

The foreign ministry said in a statement it would meet officials at the USA embassy to challenge the "unfortunate comments", which were "based on false information".

While the ANC first agreed in December that the constitution be changed, the populist Economic Freedom Fighters, which has won support from young voters in impoverished townships by vowing to nationalise everything from land to banks, tabled a motion proposing the amendment in parliament in February.

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As elections due in 2019 approach, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has intervened to accelerate land reform in order to "undo a grave historical injustice" against the black majority during colonialism and the apartheid era that ended in 1994. Today, whites represent about 9 percent of South Africa's population but own about 72 percent of the farmland held by individuals, according to BBC.

"Reforming the land distribution and ownership will be good for South Africa", said political analyst Nic Borain.

Last month, South Africa said it would go ahead with plans to amend the constitution, allowing land to be expropriated without compensation.

AfriForum, which mostly champions white people's rights in South Africa, welcomed Trump's announcement.

The planned land policy has unnerved some investors already concerned about the country's weak economic growth, ballooning public debt and policy missteps.

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Verdict: It's not now being seized, but the government has said it intends to introduce measures that would lead to the redistribution of land without compensation. "It also is potentially harmful for South Africa - this is particularly unfortunate given that the information on which it is based is inaccurate". "The overall sense of where South Africa is now compared to where it was 10 years ago is there is a slower rate of change than people were expecting".

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