American president, Donald Trump is facing outrage from South Africans and others across the world after accusing South Africa of large scale killing and seizing of white farmers’ lands.
Donald Trump had tweeted on Wednesday:
“I have asked Secretary of State
@SecPompeo to closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers. “South African Government is now seizing land from white farmers.” @TuckerCarlson @FoxNews
South Africa’s government reacted to Trump’s statement in an official tweet on Thursday rejecting his tweet on land reform as a “narrow perception” that divides the nation.
“South Africa totally rejects this narrow perception which only seeks to divide our nation and reminds us of our colonial past,” government said in a post on Twitter.
Pretoria has accused Trump of stoking racial divisions.
Trump’s comments have inflamed an already high-octane debate over land in South Africa, a country that remains deeply racially divided and unequal nearly a quarter of a century after Nelson Mandela swept to power at the end of apartheid.
The rand currency dropped more than 1.5 percent against the U.S. dollar in early trade on Thursday after Trump’s tweet had circulated in South Africa.
South Africa’s foreign ministry will seek clarification of Trump’s comments from the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokeswoman said, adding that Trump was “misinformed”.
South Africa’s communications minister said Trump’s tweet would not affect relations between South Africa and the United States.
“The tweet has not determined our approach to the United States on our current relationship and future relationship,” Nomvula Mokonyane said after a cabinet meeting.
The U.S. State Department was not immediately available for comment on Trump’s tweet.
Ramaphosa announced on Aug. 1 that the ruling African National Congress (ANC) plans to change the constitution to allow the expropriation of land without compensation, as whites still own most of South Africa’s land.