Reuters Africa is reporting United States President Donald Trump has asked Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to study South Africa’s “land and farm seizures” and the “killing of farmers”, prompting Pretoria to accuse Trump of “stoking racial divisions.”
Trump tweeted his concern over the controversial practice.
Lesley Wroughton and Tiisetso Motsoeneng report:
“Trump’s comments inflamed an already high-octane debate over land in South Africa, a country that remains deeply racially divided and unequal nearly a quarter of a century after Nelson Mandela swept to power at the end of apartheid.
The rand currency dropped more than 1.5 percent against the U.S. dollar in early trade on Thursday after Trump’s tweet had circulated in South Africa, before trimming its losses.”
President Trump’s tweet appeared to be in response to a Fox News Wednesday that focused on South Africa’s land issue and murders of white farmers.
Read more at Reuters Africa.