South Africa's Julius Malema: Trump's Right, We're Coming for White Farmers

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Image Pretoria says Mr Trump is misinformed after his Twitter remarks on farm seizures

She also said expropriation without compensation "would risk sending South Africa down the wrong path".

Issues surrounding land ownership have a long history in South Africa, where black people were prohibited from owning much of the country's land for more than 80 years.

A visibly angry Glaude was having none of it.

Kriel added that Trump could suspend South Africa from the African Growth and Opportunity Act trade programme if property rights were not respected.

Trump's tweet comes days after it was announced that his wife, Melania, will travel to Africa in October for her first major solo worldwide trip as first lady. "Here this is a morally debased man who will do anything to protect himself and to divert attention from the fact that he has been noted as a non-indicted co-conspirator in a felony".

Trump's statement echoed that off white supremacists.

AfriForum, a group that represents some white South African interests, welcomed his comments.

On this issue, president Ramaphosa said on Wednesday before a round of questions and answers of the legislative organ that intentions of his government are those to rapidly free lands belonging to the State and others non-occupied ones in urban zones.

Another journalist asked if they believed the South African policy appeared to be similar to the land grabs that had taken place in Zimbabwe.

A leading American newspaper Friday denounced President Donald Trump for weighing in on what the USA leader called South Africa's targeting of white farmers for land seizures and large-scale killing in that country, saying "he knows nothing about the issue".

The South African government, which is run by the African National Congress (ANC), has been at pains to calm the fears of land-owners and investors, while at the same time appeasing populists in its own ranks and in the EFF with promises of redistribution.

Nelson Mandela's grandson slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpAustralian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull ousted by party rivals CNN's Cuomo clashes with Kellyanne Conway over Cohen hush-money payments Lawmaker who pushed to impeach Nixon: Trump "systematically" abusing power MORE on Thursday for "arrogant" tweets about South Africa's land reform program, saying it show's Trump's "total ignorance of reality".

According to the AgriSA, an association of agricultural groups across South Africa, 47 farmers have been killed in South Africa since 2017.

The government said Trump's tweet was based on "false information" and reflected a "narrow perception which only seeks to divide our nation and reminds us of our colonial past".

In parliament on Wednesday, Ramaphosa said land expropriation could make more land available for cultivation, and that the process would begin by seizing state-owned land, not privately held land.

KELEMEN: Here in the US, though, far-right groups have been warning about what they call a white genocide in South Africa and have even gathered thousands of signatures for an online petition to encourage President Trump to allow white South Africans to emigrate here.

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

Carlson's report didn't mention murders of farmers and it wasn't immediately clear where Trump got the idea.

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