South Africa's Land Reform Is Different From Zimbabwe's

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"I have asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers". Even in post-apartheid South Africa today, whites own 72 percent of privately held farmland.

South Africa totally rejects this narrow perception which only seeks to divide our nation and reminds us of our colonial past.

"South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has just begun the process of seizing land from his own citizens, without compensation, because they're the wrong skin color". "We continue to encourage a peaceful and transparent public debate about what we consider to be a very important issue, and the South Africans certainly do as well".

His spokeswoman said Trump was "misinformed" and the foreign ministry would seek clarification from the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria.

During an answer and question session in Parliament, Ramaphosa hinted that land will be expropriated, but was mum on whether without compensation.

Mmusi Maimane, the leader of the main opposition Democratic Alliance party which opposes forced expropriation but backs land reform, said "fear mongering by global leaders adds no value".

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says they're prepared to die if it means South Africa will achieve land expropriation without compensation.

But Nauert said SA's land plans could not be compared to Zimbabwe's disastrous land seizures.

"All of us would be concerned if they went the direction that Zimbabwe did. We must never be fooled here, we're not kids", said Malema.

Yet returning to the theme on Thursday, Carlson defended his words from Wednesday's show and mocked the media response.

AfriForum, which mostly champions white people's rights in South Africa, welcomed Trump's announcement. "At least Afriforum is doing it in the open", said Malema. Prior to this initiative, white landowners were able to sell their land back to the government so it could be redistributed to black South Africans. The topic is vigorously debated by South Africans, some of whom argue that attacks on farmers likely have decades-old political and racial motivations that are independent of the causes that drive high levels of violent crime in South Africa in general.

South Africa's rand currency dropped as much as 1.9 percent against the United States dollar following Trump's tweet, according to the Bloomberg news agency, ending four days of gains against the greenback.

He then said the Fox News team called the State Department to get their view of what was happening in South Africa.

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