South Africa rejects Donald Trump's tweet on farmer killings

South Africans are protesting against the move by their government

South Africans are protesting against the move by their government

Trump said on Wednesday he directed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to "closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures".

That tweet followed a Fox News report on land expropriation in SA.

While US President Donald Trump took to twitter to wade into SA's land debate, Cyril Ramaphosa took to the Financial Times to outline the ANC's position on the issue.

The government tweeted on Thursday morning that Trump's tweets were a "narrow perception" that seeks to divide the country.

Ramaphosa has said the government's land reform policy will be undertaken in a way that does not threaten food security or economic growth.

Tupy added that in the early 1990s, the United States was heavily involved in negotiating the transfer of power from the ruling National Party to the current government, and as such bears some responsibility for ensuring that South Africa's post-apartheid political settlement, including protection of minorities and private property, endures.

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71 per cent of farmland and 49 urban land is owned by whites.

"We want the rapid release of publicly owned land", Ramaphosa told parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday.

"As a effect, South Africa's northern neighbor's economy collapsed and the country descended into penury and political violence", he said.

The 1913 Native Lands Act made it illegal for Africans to acquire land outside of these reserves, which became known as "homelands".

While blacks account for 80 percent of South Africa's population, the homelands comprise just 13 percent of its land.

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