S.Africa lashes Trump over land ‘seizures tweet

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State Department press secretary Heather Nauert told reporters that "the president asked the secretary to look closely at the current state of action in South Africa related to land reform". "Nor is it an assault on the private ownership of property".

"South Africa totally rejects this narrow perception which only seeks to divide our nation and reminds us of our colonial past", said the government on an official Twitter account.

The state department continued to "encourage a peaceful and transparent public debate about what we consider to be a very important issue and South Africans certainly do as well".

The foreign ministry said in a statement it had met USA embassy officials and warned them over the "alarmist, false, inaccurate and misinformed, as well as - in some cases - politically-motivated statements", on the issue.

He has also accused President Cyril Ramaphosa and the Democratic Alliance (DA) of colluding with AfriForum to sabotage plans to expropriate land without compensation.

"I should mention that the expropriation of land without compensation - our position is that that would risk sending South Africa down the wrong path", she said.

The party has claimed that it's aware of white extremists who are opposed to the policy and are training as snipers in Pretoria to kill them. No land has been "seized" since the reform plans were announced, the ANC said.

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"They told us they didn't care. We must never be fooled here, we're not kids", said Malema. "The people of South Africa, of all races, are working together through parliament and other legal platforms to find a solution to" land reform.

"In fact, when it talks about discrimination, it says most of it is directed at blacks and the incidents of racism that it points out are all directed at blacks as well", the journalist told Nauert.

AfriForum, which mostly champions white people's rights in South Africa, welcomed Trump's announcement.

The South African land redistribution has been a controversial topic since it was announced in early August. 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.

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

In January, South Africa protested to the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria about reported remarks by Trump that some immigrants from Africa and Haiti came from "shithole" countries.

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