South Africa's Land Reform Is Different From Zimbabwe's

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"We have not seen that happen in South Africa", she said.

The group insists that land expropriation without compensation will drive away white farmers, kill jobs and threaten food security. "We must ensure ownership of land for all South Africans", he tweeted.

Though the ruling African National Congress has pledged to close that gap, progress has been slow. The government had previously used a buyback model to purchase white-owned farms to redistribute to black South Africans, but the ruling African National Congress chose to amend the constitution to allow for expropriation without compensation in order to speed up restitution.

Trump's tweet followed a segment on Fox News on Wednesday in which host Tucker Carlson claimed Ramaphosa had already started "seizing land from his own citizens without compensation because they are the wrong skin color", calling the alleged seizures "immoral".

The South African government responded to the president on Twitter, saying the country "totally rejects this narrow perception which only seeks to divide our nation and reminds us of our colonial past".

Even though apartheid ended in 1994, the white community that makes up eight percent of the population "possess 72 percent of farms" compared to "only four percent" in the hands of black people who make up four-fifths of the population, Ramaphosa said.

Nauert said the situations between the two countries were quite different.

A BBC Reality Check investigation in November found there was no reliable data to suggest farmers were at greater risk of being murdered than the average South African.

"People are not being targeted due to their race, but because they are vulnerable and isolated on the farms", said Gareth Newham, head of the crime and justice program at the Institute for Security Studies in the capital, Pretoria.

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AfriForum, which mostly champions white people's rights in South Africa, welcomed Trump's announcement. "I want to be clear: I'd be happy to talk to Trump every single day". Violent crime is rampant in South Africa.

Ramaphosa said: "Our people are in need of land where they can build homes, farms and build facilities for various amenities". The left-wing party Economic Freedom Fighters, which calls for land expropriation without compensation, has surged in popularity recently.

"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. "We actually have no other choice but to go to the global community because the South African president has announced that he and the ANC have chose to change the constitution to allow for expropriation without compensation".

South Africa's government pushed back on Thursday, underscoring Trump's cluelessness about the proposed policy and demanding an explanation.

The State Department's 2017 annual human rights report makes no mention of land seizures but does highlight racially motivated violence as an issue in the country.

The influential Time Magazine wrote that the US State Department has been following land reform in South Africa very closely for some time.

Nevertheless, Carlson has taken up the cause, and on his program Wednesday lambasted American "elites" who take issue with racist rhetoric and policies promoted by Trump but have paid "no attention" to what's happening in South Africa.

"The injustices of land dispossession in South Africa can be addressed by our constitution in its current form".

"We need to get global support to put pressure on the South African government to hopefully make them re-visit their stance", he told AFP.

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