South Africa Hits Back at Trump’s ‘White Farmers’ Tweet: He ‘Seeks to Divide Our Nation’


Social media officials in Johannesburg, South Africa are hitting back at President Trump after he inserted himself into the debate over the country’s land reform policies to address their alleged racial disparity.

Last night, Trump apparently took notice of a Fox News segment that talked about how the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is leading a charge to amend his country’s constitution in order to requisition land from owners without compensation.

Multiple news sources report that this land redistribution is an effort by the African National Congress (ANC) to address racial inequality around the country since white landowners still own most of the country’s farmland despite the end of apartheid over two decades ago. The government has been criticized in the past for not working fast enough to address land disputes and move beyond lingering issues of their racially-charged history.

Trump’s tweet was panned last night when critics accused it of being another subtle nod to white supremacists. As it were, the South African government released a statement through its official Twitter account, slamming Trump for using false land ownership information to stoke division.

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