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 land.
That tweet conveyed the news that he had just instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to look into "farm seizures" and "the large scale killing of farmers" in South Africa. The president tweeted about the subject Wednesday night after Fox News host Tucker Carlson discussed it on air.
Ramaphosa also lashed out at conservatives such as civil rights group AfriForum for spreading what he claimed was false information overseas about the government's plans on land.
Washington's charge d'affaires in South Africa, Jessye Lapenn, was summoned by the ministry of foreign affairs over the tweet, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.
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The EU also condemned the attack and many member states joined the United Kingdom in expelling dozens of Russian diplomats. Russian Federation has denied any involvement in the attacks.
Donald Trump can hardly string a sentence together, so expecting him to understand the complexities of the land expropriation debate is wasting your time.
South Africa is deeply racially divided over plans to seize land from white farmers as it addresses its apartheid and colonial past. There is absolutely no evidence that the violence is aimed at white farmers.
There is no such thing in South Africa, she says.
"We actually have no other choice but to go to the global community because the South African president has announced that he and the ANC have made a decision to change the constitution to allow for expropriation without compensation".
While the land "seizure" currently being discussed is not happening right now, the South African government has proposed changing its constitution making the redistribution of land - without compensating the owners - a strong possibility.
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Any attempt by the State Department to influence land policy in South Africa would likely be undermined by the absence of an ambassador to South Africa, one of Africa's top economies. "We will not be dictated to, threatened or pressured into accepting a land deal that perpetuates the injustices of the past".
In a tweet, Trump said he will ask the Secretary of State to closely study South Africa's land reform process. The protests originated in 2011 at the hands of Monica Stone, a long-time member of the Louisiana-based white supremacist Christian Defense League and immigrant from South Africa.
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 before concluding an ongoing public consultation.
Most land in the country is owned by the white minority.
How has South Africa responded?
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Opening the summit, which was organised by Agri SA and Landbouweekblad, Dan Kriek, president of Agri SA, said that the organisation acknowledged the devastating effects that colonialism, the Natives Land Act of 1913 and apartheid had on the lives of black people in South Africa.