bY CRIMSON TAZVINZWA/AIWA! NO! Then press//S.A. President Cyril Ramaphosa Government reacted angrily to Donald Trump’s order to his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, to “closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures” and the “large scale killing of farmers”.
In a tweet Thursday the government says: “South Africa totally rejects this narrow perception [Trump’s view on the land issue in S.A.] which only seeks to divide our nation and reminds us of our colonial past,”
Trump sought to intervene when posting a quote from Fox News on Twitter overnight alleging the South African government was seizing land from white farmers.
The president’s tweet and his direction to his secretary of state seem to have been prompted by a segment on Fox News on Wednesday night in which host Tucker Carlson discussed the seizures. Trump tagged Carlson in his tweet.
“The presidency has noted Trump’s tweet, which is misinformed in our view,” said Khusela Diko, a spokesperson for the South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa. “We will take up the matter through diplomatic channels.”
Land ownership is a deeply divisive issue in South Africa: 72% is in the hands of white farmers, according to the Land Audit Report, despite white people making up just 8% of the country’s population.
Meanwhile a RECORD number of white South African farmers have put their land up for sale amid fears the ruling party is considering confiscating properties bigger than 25,000 acres.
Ugly and chaotic land expropriation scenes in Zimbabwe repeat themselves in South Africa
What’s happening in South Africa today regarding expropriation of white owned land and commercial farms is reminiscent of the ugly scenes witnessed on white owned farms from late-90s in Zimbabwe.
In that country the war veterans became the vanguard of the chaotic land redistribution policy launched in 2000 ahead of elections in which many analysts insisted Morgan Tsvangirai’s reformist Movement for Democratic Change won the vote but lost the count.
The land seizures accelerated economic decline exponentially, with real GDP plunging 45 per cent in the decade to 2009.
Farm production collapsed and by 2008 output volumes were two-thirds below their peak levels in 2000. Although there has been a subsequent recovery, production is still down at least a quarter even after a bumper harvest last year.
First-hand accounts of violent farm seizures in SA revoke memories of the chaotic and illegal invasions of white owned commercial farmland in neighboring Zimbabwe from mid -nineties to early 2000s.
“The shots rang out; there were just bullets everywhere,” says Mihindra, who and her husband and three kids were attacked on their farm.
“My husband said ‘please my friend just take what you want, and please just leave us alone. You can take anything you want but just leave us alone.’
My little girl just put up her hand and she said to them; ‘I have a piggy-bank, you can take my money.’
“My husband said to them ‘please ‘… and the one guy said ‘just kill him my brother.’ And they shot him between the eyes in front of us’
“Our little boy was born five days after daddy’s funeral”
In the last three months between one and two white farmers were murdered each week.
Rikkie and her partner Piet were attacked at night by four men …
Rickkie: “They came with an iron; a normal hot iron for pressing clothes, and they used it to burn me on my leg; telling him they were going to hurt me if he did not open the safe. He tried again but burned him on the back.
“I’m out of hospital but he is still in Intensive Care Unit,” Rikkie said sadly.
Berdus was shot three times just two weeks before. He is vowing to stay put and fight for his farm
He says:”I was short three times. One on my right-hand shoulder and another in the neck and it went through the back of my head.
“You just feel that burning sensation,
He said with a quiver in his voice;
“It’s a hell of an impact. This stuff is happening every day of the week on the farms,” he confirmed.
The new South African President Cyril Ramphosa has vowed to seize white owned land and commercial farms without compensation.
South Africans living in Australia hold grave fears for loved ones back home.