'Misinformed' Trump comment on land reform angers Cyril Ramaphosa

Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson has come under fire for crying loud that South Africa is quickly turning into Zimbabwe. One group that has been particularly vocal is AfriForum, a white Afrikaner rights collective, whose leaders have met with congressional staff and members of the U.S. Agency for International Development, as HuffPost documented in May. Here's what you need to know. "Over the course of the last 18 months, there has been an increase in right-wing worldwide attention on the situation in South Africa, manipulating what's going on in order to suit an global agenda".

Nauert said they never discussed the private conversations between the two "on any issue for that matter".

Donald Trump can hardly string a sentence together, so expecting him to understand the complexities of the land expropriation debate is wasting your time. According to studies, despite whites making up 8 percent of the South African population, they control 74 percent of the farmland in the country. "We also have agricultural land with absent farmers, such land will be transferred to people who will put it to productive use". On July 31, Ramaphosa said his government would take steps to amend the constitution to allow expropriation without compensation, but no legislation has been put forward yet, nor have there been any major government seizures of agricultural land.

To remedy the imbalance, the president recently announced that the constitution would be altered to allow for land to be seized and redistributed without compensation to the current owners.

South African Deputy President David Mabuza told farmers at a meeting Thursday near Bela Bela, in Limpopo province north of Johannesburg, that land restitution "will be done within the confines of our constitutional framework".

The idea that South Africa is being racist against white farmers has been percolating online, and finally worked its way up to one of Trump's favorite pundits.

Agriculture accounts for less than 3 percent of national output but employs about 850,000 people, or 5 percent of South African's workforce.

What about the "large-scale killing"?

The proposal has alarmed white farmers, and white lobbying group AfriForum has spread an untrue story of white farmer genocide in the country.

However, there is insufficient data to back this up.

The ADL explained how Trump's claims are actually part of a long-standing effort by white supremacists to falsely paint white people as victims of genocide.

Violent crime is also a significant problem, but police figures show farm murders are at a 20-year low. An official inquiry in 2003 found that the main motivation for farm attacks, by far, was robbery-though that was 15 years ago. But the ANC accused land owners of inflating farm prices to a point where it made it hard for the government to afford the land for redistribution purposes.

So how did Trump pick up on this?

Partially as a result of this, and partially because of other economic legacies of Apartheid, white South African households remain 5.5 times richer than their black counterparts on average.

AfriForum, a largely Afrikaner organization, has also been trying to drum up global support.

Trump isn't the first outside politician to pick up on the issue.

South Africa's government was expected to summon the USA acting ambassador to explain Trump's tweet, two people familiar with the situation said.

Kriel added that Trump could suspend South Africa from the African Growth and Opportunity Act trade programme if property rights were not respected.

Trump's tweet knocked the South African rand by as much as 1.9%-though it has since recovered somewhat-and earned a swift response from the ANC government.

Mr Dutton said white South African farmers who wanted to migrate to Australia "deserve special attention" for the "horrific circumstances" of land seizures and violence.

President Donald Trump's tweet on land issues in her country was "based on false information". The constitution now allows for expropriation of land if "just and equitable compensation" is paid, which some argue could include paying nothing.

Nkosi Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela, said Thursday: "Trump once again demonstrates a total ignorance of reality".

  • Leroy Wright