Nelson Mandela's Grandson Corners Trump on 'farmer Killing' Tweet

Muneer Baxter works on a shack erected during illegal land occupations in Mitchell's Plain township near Cape Town South Africa

The column comes after Trump tweeted confirmation that he's asked his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to closely study so-called farm seizures and the killing of farmers in this country.

Trump's tweet referred to the South African government's plans to change the law to allow the state to seize land from farmers, in an attempt to redress inequality that persists despite more than two decades having elapsed since the end of Apartheid, during which black people were discriminated against in all walks of South African life.

In fact, no land seizures have taken place in South Africa, although President Cyril Ramaphosa and his ruling party, the African National Congress, have stated they intend to expropriate land without compensation. "The expropriation of land without compensation", Nauert told reporters, "would risk sending South Africa down the wrong path".

Trump's direction for Pompeo followed a Tuesday segment on the issue by Carlson who later called South Africa's response "pure propaganda".

The United States warned South Africa on Thursday that seizing land without compensation risked sending the country down the wrong path, deepening a spat over Pretoria's efforts to fix a glaring racial disparity nearly 25 years after the end of apartheid.

The South African government was taking none of it, accusing Trump of having a narrow perception of what was happening in the country and of stoking racial tensions. She added that the US has encouraged a "peaceful and transparent debate" about land rights in South Africa, adding "that seems to be happening right now".

In an interview with VOA's Zimbabwe Service on Trump's allegations, South African human rights lawyer and land expert Lwazi Mtfhiyo said, "I think it was misleading for President Trump to even go as far as suggesting there is something to be investigated, when there is actually nothing".

AgriForum, an association of South African farmers, has launched an worldwide campaign to get the South African government to stop its land reform. The State Department's own human rights reports on South Africa makes no mention of white citizens being the targets of violence or land theft.

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"We must put it on record that Donald "the pathological liar" Trump, we are not scared of you and your United States of America or Western imperialist forces", Malema said.

"We need to get worldwide support to put pressure on the South African government to hopefully make them re-visit their stance", he told AFP. 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.

Trump who drew ire on the continent earlier this year when he labelled some African countries "shitholes".

Many South Africans were stunned.

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"As the leadership of the ANC and government", Mabuza added, "we are clear that the implementation of land reform measures must not result in social fractures and racial polarization".

Tupy, a Wits University graduate, said the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) under which South Africa traded with the USA required the U.S. president to kick out from that treaty any country that did not respect property rights.

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