’Disappointed’ South Africa summons U.S. official over Trump tweet

South Africa begins taking land from white farmers to ‘correct a past wrong

Ramaphosa has said that expropriation is necessary to return land that was seized from blacks during apartheid, the country's previous system of racial discrimination. "Nor is it an assault on the private ownership of property". The team headed by Vice President David Mabuza, will coordinate and carry out the measures to accelerate redistribution of lands, the extension of posession security, the supply of agricultural support and the reparation of space inequality, as part of a wide redistribution of lands and a program for that sector's development, he said.

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

Many others were shocked by Trump's tweet, according to Anton Harber, who teaches journalism at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg.

The South African government was taking none of it, accusing Trump of having a narrow perception of what was happening in the country and of stoking racial tensions.

It took a year and a half to name the top Africa diplomat in the State Department.

"Venezuela, with a poverty rate of 90%, and Zimbabwe, with an unemployment rate of 90%, are examples that prove that the disregard of property rights ruins a country's economy Everyone in SA should therefore hope that the pressure from the United States will lead to the ANC reconsidering the disastrous route they want to take SA on", AfriForum chief executive Kalie Kriel said. "Right now it's just a proposal in Parliament", US Republican Senator Jeff Flake, who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Africa subcommittee, said.

The lack of a United States ambassador to South Africa was pointed out, to which she replied that all the relevant bodies were working hard and it was not something that happened overnight.

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Today, almost a quarter-century after the first democratic elections, black South Africans comprise 80 percent of the population but own just 4 percent of the country's land, according to the government. "You have caused enough problems in Africa", he told journalists.

Trump's comment on South Africa is the first time he has used the word "Africa" on the social media platform since becoming president.

South African lawmakers are now debating expropriation of some 150 farms in the country, including whether a constitutional amendment would be needed to move forward with the plan and what compensation might look like.

"Everyone in South Africa should therefore hope that the pressure from the US will lead to the ANC reconsidering the disastrous route that they want to take SA on", AfriForum's CEO, Kallie Kriel, said.

South Africa has told the USA charge d'affaires of its disappointment over Washington's "failure" to use diplomatic channels after President Donald Trump angered Pretoria with comments on its land policy.

In this photo taken October 30, 2017 people place white crosses, representing farmers killed in the country, at a ceremony at the Vorrtrekker Monument in Pretoria, South Africa. We opposed that obviously, it was wrong 25 years ago and it is wrong now.

Though the ruling African National Congress, which has been in power since 1994, has pledged to close that gap, progress has been slow. South Africa currently gets to export many products to the US without duties, under the African Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA), and some now fear that this access may be curtailed.

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