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South Africa rejects Donald Trump's tweet on farmer killings

BBC Africa/Maximilian Kasseh, Jr.
President Donald Trump
President Donald Trump

South Africa has accused US President Donald Trump of seeking to sow division after his tweet referring to the "large-scale killing of farmers."

He said he had asked his secretary of state to look into the matter of "seizing land from white farmers".

South Africa's presidential spokeswoman said Mr Trump was "misinformed".

Last month, South Africa said it would go ahead with plans to amend the constitution, allowing land to be expropriated without compensation.

The redistribution of land was a fundamental principle of the governing African National Congress (ANC) during its struggle against white-minority rule.

But 24 years since apartheid ended, white people - who make up just 9% of the population - own 72% of the farmland held by individuals, according to government figures.

Mr Trump's tweet followed a piece on Fox News about South Africa's planned land reforms - and his tweet tagged Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

The official South African government Twitter handle later tweeted: "South Africa totally rejects this narrow perception which only seeks to divide our nation and reminds us of our colonial past."

South Africa's land problem

• The Natives Land Act of 1913 restricted black people from buying or renting land in "white South Africa", leading to the forced removals of black people

• After the end of apartheid in 1994, the ANC government said it wanted to return 30% of this land to its previous owners by 2014

    .   It is estimated that 10% of commercial farmland has been      redistributed.

 


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