Trump promotes white nationalist propaganda about South Africa

Trump asks Pompeo to 'study South Africa farm seizures'

Trump's tweet followed a segment on Fox News on Wednesday in which host Tucker Carlson claimed Ramaphosa had already started "seizing land from his own citizens without compensation because they are the wrong skin color", calling the alleged seizures "immoral".

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

Since global affairs now takes place on Twitter, the South African government responded with a tweet of its own, rejecting Trump's "narrow perception" and promising land reform in an "inclusive manner". On Thursday‚ Trump tweeted that he was looking into South Africa's land seizures.

"The expropriation of land without compensation is envisaged as one of the measures that we will use to accelerate redistribution of land to Black South Africans", Ramaphosa said. According to studies, despite whites making up 8 percent of the South African population, they control 74 percent of the farmland in the country.

Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton sparked a diplomatic row with Pretoria in March after he said that Canberra should give "special attention" to white South African farmers seeking asylum because they faced a "horrific" situation. The restriction tightened during the apartheid era, as the governing National Party created desolate "homelands" for black people.

"It could also lead to a collapse of the banking sector (which depends on land as collateral for loan-making) and the local currency, hyperinflation, and even bloodshed".

Opening the summit, which was organised by Agri SA and Landbouweekblad, Dan Kriek, president of Agri SA, said that the organisation acknowledged the devastating effects that colonialism, the Natives Land Act of 1913 and apartheid had on the lives of black people in South Africa.

Meservey pointed out that top Trump administration officials had made visits to the continent, including Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations; top Treasury department officials; and former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, just before he was sacked this year.

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The issue is in the headlines again in South Africa ahead of next year's elections, with recent moves by the ruling African National Congress to change compensation rules for seized land stirring controversy, raising the possibility that some land could be taken from owners without compensation.

"The constitution has not yet been changed and ... the ANC has been following a willing-buyer-willing-seller module to redistribute land".

Proponents of South Africa's policy, including Ramaphosa, say it is necessary to address historic injustices and can be done in a way that is lawful and will not compromise the beleaguered economy or food security.

In this photo from October 30, 2017, people place white crosses, representing farmers killed in the country, at a ceremony at the Vorrtrekker Monument in Pretoria, South Africa.

The State Department's Nauert pointed out that Zimbabwe's government had squashed civil society, shut down the media and destroyed an independent judiciary.

This is how global publications covered Trump's tweet about South Africa.

The tweet added to a growing perception in Washington that Trump gives little thought or attention to the continent.

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