South Africa blasts US President Donald Trump over racially divisive tweet

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"In other words, 'nothing to see here, ' says Mike Pompeo's State Department", Carlson said.

"(The) South African Government is now seizing land from white farmers", Trump tweeted.

The South African government issued a reply hours later via Twitter stating that it rejected overtures that sought to divide the nation and 'reminds us of our colonial past'. On Thursday‚ Trump tweeted that he was looking into South Africa's land seizures.

White farmers own 72% of South Africa's agricultural land, according to the government's Land Audit Report.

"The injustices of land dispossession in South Africa can be addressed by our constitution in its current form".

Earlier this year, Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton sparked a diplomatic row after he said that Canberra should give "special attention" to white South African farmers seeking asylum.

It comes after American think-tank, the Cato Institute, published a warning of the possible effects that expropriating privately-owned farmland may have on the country. The restriction tightened during the apartheid era, as the governing National Party created desolate "homelands" for black people.

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 said that President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed a committee to "coordinate and implement measures to accelerate the redistribution of land, the extension of security of tenure, the provision of agricultural support and the redress of spatial inequality, within a broad and comprehensive land redistribution and agricultural development program". We need global pressure to make sure that the South African government reconsiders.

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South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu on Thursday said that "the unfortunate comments on Twitter by the President of the United States" were "based on false information".

The State Department has not commented on Ramaphosa's announcement.

Beyond misunderstanding the context of land expropriation in South Africa, Patta says, what Mr. Trump has done in his tweet is conflate two South African issues: land expropriation and what is known as "farm murders".

MSNBC's Eddie Glaude was appalled by President Trump's decision to wade into South Africa's politics, and said the president was unnecessarily stoking racial tensions.

No. The constitution has not yet been changed and since 1994 the ANC has been following a willing-buyer-willing-seller module to redistribute land. "They also understand that it needs to be done in a delicate way that is cognizant of maintaining food security". Trump tagged Carlson in his tweet.

Ramaphosa has said his land reform programme will be carefully carried out, to avoid what happened in Zimbabwe when former President Robert Mugabe's farm seizures sent the economy into a tailspin.

South Africa's has long attempted to right the wrongs of apartheid in its country, owning up to its racist past. "There is a black genocide here in South Africa; just recently a farmer was convicted for the murder of a black farmer".

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