It is regrettable Trump’s tweet based on false information’ -Minister

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Trump appeared to be responding to a segment on the conservative Fox News channel about land in South Africa and the murder of white farmers.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had discussed the issue with the president, but she offered no additional details on what action Pompeo would take next.

Trump posted the tweet around 10:30 p.m. EST, shortly after Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight" aired a report that called the seizures "far more racist than anything Donald Trump has ever done".

"We would like to discourage those who are using this sensitive and emotive issue of land to divide us as South Africans by distorting our land reform measures to the worldwide community and spreading falsehoods that our "white farmers" are facing the onslaught from their own government". South African President Cyril Ramaphosa recently announced that his ruling African National Congress (ANC) would look into rewriting the Constitution to allow for uncompensated land seizures.

Today, almost a quarter-century after the first democratic elections, black South Africans, who comprise 80 percent of the population, still own just 4 percent of the country's land, according to the government. "There clearly needs to be land reform in South Africa, but it needs to be done in a responsible and fair manner".

The dispute stretches back to the early 20th century, when South Africa's Natives Land Act of 1913 stripped black people of the right to own land outside specific plots set aside for them.

Trump's tweet has roused a reaction from senior politicians in South Africa, who have treated the USA president's remark with measured resistance. There's black genocide in the USA.

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A program of land redistribution is required to heal the historical "festering wound" of land dispossession and enable transformation and development, Ramaphosa told MPs in Parliament.

South African Foreign Affairs Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said on Thursday that it was regrettable that US. We need worldwide pressure to make sure that the South African government reconsiders.

Earlier this week while addressing black commercial and emerging farmers at a gala dinner at the Agribusiness Transformation conference‚ Ramaphosa signalled that South Africa would become unstable if the state did not speed up land reform.

A range of measures was then considered, including a proposal for the government to take land in exchange for "just and equitable" compensation, less than the market would likely demand.

"That is why this government is working together with its social partners to address both the immediate economic challenges and through far-reaching reforms place the economy on a new path of inclusive growth and job creation", Ramaphosa said.

"The Trump administration has not weighed in on this", Carlson said on his show. As usual, unpacking what's happening in South Africa is hard as the situation is complex. Critics say that if that happens, it will not only violate internationally-recognized property rights but also possibly impact food security, drawing comparisons to Zimbabwe's economic crash following Robert Mugabe's 2000 decision to force white farmers off their land. The reasons for those laws lie in South Africa's history.

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