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Donald Trump orders probe into South African farm killings and land expropriation debate

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South Africans have come out strongly against US President Donald Trump’s move to institute a probe into land expropriation in South Africa.

United States President Donald Trump has asked US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo to look into land expropriation and farm killings in South Africa.

“I have asked Secretary of State (Mike Pompeo) 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.”, he said on Twitter.

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Trump’s tweet has sent many South Africans and social media users in a frenzy.

EFF National Spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi tweeted:”We are not scared! We are not moved! We know that Britain will follow with the same madness; because for them black people in this country must remain landless in the country of their birth. Imperialism will not succeed this time! The world is no longer the one of Bush & Blair!”

This comes as Parliament’s Constitutional Review Committee concluded public hearings on land expropriation without compensation across the country. The committee’s preliminary report has found that most submissions were against the amendment of section 25 of the constitution to allow for land to be seized by the state, without compensating the owner.

Trump’s remarks are also likely to be widely welcomed by AfriForum. The lobby group’s leadership travelled to parts of Europe, Australia and the US, to plead for the intervention of the international community. It has long accused government of promoting violence against white farmers and claimed that more than 100 farm murders have been committed in 2018. 

Thabo Baloyi
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