Trump’s first-ever tweet about Africa as president is about white people

Trump’s first-ever tweet about Africa as president is about white people

Trump’s first-ever tweet about Africa as president is about white people

It appears to be in response to a Fox News report on the murder of white farmers in South Africa.

On Wednesday night, he noticed that several prominent white-nationalist Twitter users were celebrating President Trump's tweet about white farmers in South Africa, an issue brought to Trump's attention by a segment on Tucker Carlson's Fox News show that evening.

The Natives Land Act of 1913 prohibited Blacks from buying or renting land in "white South Africa" and led to the white government taking land from Black South Africans.

"Trump's announcement follows only three months after AfriForum sent a delegation to the U.S. to inform the Cato Institute (a prominent American think tank), Tucker Carlson (presenter of Fox News) and various other institutions and politicians of the situation in this regard in South Africa", it said in a statement.

Since 1994, the government has offered compensation to willing sellers of farmland in order to promote fair distribution, but the slow pace of land reforms led to a proposal of direct action past year.

Donald Trump recently slapped Zimbabwe with tough sanctions following the killing of protesters by the country's military soon after elections.

Trump's tweet was the latest in a series of false and misleading claims he has made during his campaign and presidency.

Have land seizures and expropriations begun?

South Africa has a long history of colonial conquest and dispossession that pushed the black majority into crowded urban townships and rural reserves.

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Minority rights group Afriforum said on Thursday that its trip to the United States and talks with people and think tanks close to Trump had partly influenced his position.

Right-wing commentators have claimed there is an unpublicized "white genocide" unfolding in South Africa, but statistics say the opposite.

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) party has proposed a constitutional amendment that would allow it to seize and redistribute land without any compensation. Akkerland Boerdery, the company that operates the farms, said it was offered just 20 million rand ($1.87 million) for land valued at ten times that price. "We want to send a strong message to the stay out of South Africa".

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

So why is South African land reform in the news?

The US president's words came at a significant time in South Africa, where the issue of land is high on the political agenda.

"Almost 25 years after the end of, the land issue has become a focus of economic and in what has remained one of the most unequal countries in the world", the publication said.

One of AfriForum's main complaints is that, despite holding a national consultation into the idea of amending the constitution to allow expropriation without compensation, the South African government seems set on pursuing the plan either way. "The overall sense of where South Africa is now compared to where it was 10 years ago is there is a slower rate of change than people were expecting".

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