President Donald Trump came to the defense of white South African farmers Wednesday in a tweet that suggested they are targeted for “large-scale killing” over the country’s land reform policy.
South Africa’s government pushed back on Thursday, underscoring Trump’s cluelessness about the proposed policy and demanding an explanation.
“The presidency has noted Trump’s tweet, which is misinformed, in our view. We will take up the matter through diplomatic channels,” said Khusela Diko, a spokeswoman for President Cyril Ramaphosa, the New York Times reported.
As usual, Trump apparently took his cue from Fox News. He fired off a tweet after the network’s host Tucker Carlson accused Ramaphosa, in a segment Wednesday, of seizing white farmers’ land without compensation. President Trump said he asked U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to investigate.
In July, South Africa announced that it would move forward with plans in parliament for a possible constitutional amendment to recover land from white farmers without compensation, BBC reported.
Land redistribution has been a main agenda item for the African National Congress (ANC), which controls the government, since its long struggle to end white-minority rule. 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.
Although the ANC has been in political power for more than two decades, the promised land reforms have not taken place. Today, whites represent about 9 percent of South Africa’s population but own about 72 percent of the farmland held by individuals, according to BBC.
The World Pays Tribute To The Legacy Of Aretha Franklin
1. Alicia KeysSource: 1 of 14
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4. Patti LaBelle
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5. Barbra Streisand
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This photo was taken in 2012 when Aretha & I performed at a tribute celebration for our friend Marvin Hamlisch. It’s difficult to conceive of a world without her. Not only was she a uniquely brilliant singer,but her commitment to civil rights made an indelible impact on the world pic.twitter.com/Px9zVB90MM— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) August 16, 2018
6. Don Lemon
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.@DonLemon: This country has lost one of our greatest treasures. Aretha Franklin.— Don Lemon Tonight (@DonLemonTonight) August 17, 2018
With a heart as big as her voice, and a soul that helped power the March for Freedom for people of color, when she insisted like she always did on Respect https://t.co/QN8HgpBYuU pic.twitter.com/OPnLVGARMf
7. Harlem Gospel Choir On GMA
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The Harlem Gospel Choir is here with us live in Times Square this morning, helping celebrate the life of Aretha Franklin. pic.twitter.com/DkZxIrdq0N— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 17, 2018
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This woman played a BIG part in my life. She played a genuine role in my life similar to how my Grandmother was very dear to me. I’ll never forget the talks we shared together. Auntie, kill the choir up there in Heaven & know that your Music will last forever. #Iconic 💔 pic.twitter.com/UXAw9PCQ8H— Fantasia Taylor (@TasiasWord) August 17, 2018
9. Celine Dion
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I'm saddened to learn that Aretha Franklin has passed.The most soulful and inspirational singer of our time. / Je suis attristée d'apprendre le décès d’Aretha Franklin. La chanteuse la plus inspirante de notre époque. - Céline xx…— Celine Dion (@celinedion) August 16, 2018
📸 : Kevin Mazur https://t.co/3Tz7G2W205 pic.twitter.com/Q5DtmJ1IVa
10. Clive Davis
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11. Stax RecordsSource: 11 of 14
12. Aretha Franklin's Childhood Home In Memphis, TennesseeSource: 12 of 14
13. Hollywood Walk Of FameSource: 13 of 14
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