Tucker Carlson Stands by South Africa Commentary After Trump Tweet Backlash

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The South African government claimed that Trump's tweet "seeks to divide our nation and reminds us of our colonial past".

The foreign ministry said in a statement it had met USA embassy officials and warned them over the "alarmist, false, inaccurate and misinformed, as well as - in some cases - politically-motivated statements", on the issue.

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.

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced earlier this month that the ANC plans to change the Constitution to allow the expropriation of land without compensation.

South African foreign affairs minister Lindiwe Sisulu said Trump's statement "is based on false information". "Confiscating party without compensation is fine, they said, because in. effect South Africa was 'a strong democracy.' Whatever that means", he continued on, adding, "Pretty shocking".

FILE PHOTO: People erect a shack during illegal land occupations, in Mitchell's Plain township near Cape Town, South Africa, May 29, 2018.




The current land expropriation effort dates back to the Native Land Act of 1913, which limited South African land ownership by Africans to 7 percent and was eventually nudged up to 13 percent. "We must ensure ownership of land for all South Africans", he tweeted.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on August 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 territory. "We continue to encourage a peaceful and transparent public debate about what we consider to be a very important issue, and the South Africans certainly do as well".

Van Zyl was speaking at a conference on the land issue also attended by Deputy President David Mabuza who warned against "spreading falsehoods". "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.

But Kallie Kriel, chief executive of AfriForum - a group that advocates for its largely white membership - welcomed Trump's intervention and attacked Ramaphosa for pressing ahead with the policy.

This comes after US President Donald Trump's controversial tweet.

Malema was addressing the media on Thursday at the party's headquarters in Braamfontein.

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