South Africa Accuses Donald Trump Of Promoting Racial Division

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And the claim that white farmers make up a disproportionate number of the country's victims of violent crime is not backed by statistics. Matthew Larotonda and Ed Stoddard report.

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

Trump has ordered Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to study the land redistribution efforts in South Africa. No land has been "seized" since the reform plans were announced, the ANC said. Today, almost a quarter-century after the first democratic elections, black South Africans comprise 80 percent of the population but own just 4 percent of the country's land, according to the government.

Though the ruling African National Congress, which has been in power since 1994, has pledged to close that gap, progress has been slow.

Trump was responding to a segment on Tucker Carlson's show on Fox News, which included a statement by the State Department that appeared to dismiss concerns about land reform in South Africa.

In a statement, the South African government said it "totally rejects this narrow perception which only seeks to divide our nation and reminds us of our colonial past".

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As elections due in 2019 approach, 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.

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". In 2016-17, there were 74 murders that occurred during farm attacks, according to Africa Check, compared to 19,000 murders across the country in the same period. "They're killing black people in the US".

In January, South Africa protested to the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria about reported remarks by Trump that some immigrants from Africa and Haiti came from "shithole" countries. "There is black genocide in the United States of America; black people are killed every day".

Trump's tweet did find some supporters.

The constitution already allows land to be expropriated and the planned amendments will provide greater certainty to both those who want and own land, and promote growth, stability and food production, according to Ramaphosa.

And he said that the country would not make the same mistakes that other countries have made, alluding to the violent land seizures seen in neighbouring Zimbabwe. "South African Government is now seizing land from white farmers".

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South Africa's leading farming lobby group AgriSA praised the South African government's "commitment to agriculture".

When Ramaphosa assumed the presidency at the end of previous year, he urged consideration of expropriation without compensation, so long, he said, as the government's actions didn't threaten the economy or food security.

It's not clear what the Trump administration could, or would, do to get involved in South Africa's land controversy - especially considering that the USA has not had an ambassador to the country since December 2016 because Trump has not yet appointed anyone to the post.

"I should mention that the expropriation of land without compensation, our position is that it would risk sending South Africa down the wrong path".

He said he had asked his secretary of state to look into the matter of "seizing land from white farmers". "We continue to encourage a peaceful and transparent public debate about what we consider to be a very important issue", Nauert said at a briefing.

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