Trump's tweet left South Africa's ANC government incandescent with rage.
White farmers own nearly three-quarters of South Africa's agricultural land, according to an audit by lobby group Agri SA published previous year, down from 87% during white rule. At the height of Zimbabwe's chaotic land expropriation exercise at the turn of the century, Mugabe told then British Premier Tony Blair off, arguing the program was non-negotiable.
The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu, summoned the U.S. Charge d'Affaires - Trump has yet to appoint an ambassador to South Africa - to convey to Washington that Pretoria is "disappointed" about Washington's failure to use available diplomatic channels. Short term strength in the rand was perhaps from the perception that the ANC was recanting its decision to amend the constitution for land expropriation "without compensation".
The Expropriation Bill has been before Parliament since 2015, but with new developments in the form of a possible Constitutional amendment to allow for land expropriation without compensation, it's been given fresh prominence.
Saunderson-Meyer noted that even though statistics on farm murders were shrouded in uncertainty, "according to some studies being a white farmer in South Africa is more unsafe than being a police officer".
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However, it's not the land reform (currently on hold pending further review) which is seen as a real threat to some farmers.
"The committee is happy and hopes for a better piece of legislation that will include the inputs from South Africans across the country on the land and property question", Mmemezi said. "I don't know what Donald Trump with South African land because he has never been here".
"It is particularly important not to undermine agricultural production and food security". "I'll be talking about it with him later today", she said.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has said the ANC plans to change the constitution to allow the expropriation of land without compensation, as most of it is still owned by members of the white minority. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery.