Lobby group AfriForum has welcomed US President Donald Trump’s comments about South Africa’s proposed land expropriation without compensation and farm killings.
Trump said on Wednesday he had asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to “closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures” and the apparent 'large-scale' killing of farmers.
I have asked Secretary of State @SecPompeo to closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers. “South African Government is now seizing land from white farmers.” @TuckerCarlson @FoxNews— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2018
Trump’s tweet was a response to a Fox News report on Wednesday that focused on South Africa’s land expropriation without compensation.
AfriForum recently went on a campaign to mobilise international support against the ANC's land policy and raise awareness about alleged farm killings.
AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel says he met with various US politicians, as well as Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson to rally support.
Kriel says he is proud to have the support of the world's most powerful man.
We visited a number of US politicians... as well Tucker Carlson from Fox News, and numerous other people. We are very happy that they have worked and taken the stance to make this part of the public agenda in the US.— Kallie Kriel, CEO of AfriForum
We welcome Trump's tweet.... We need international pressure to make sure that the South African government reconsiders.— Kallie Kriel, CEO of AfriForum
We are proud of the fact that the President of the United States, the most powerful man in the world, has taken a stance.— Kallie Kriel, CEO of AfriForum
Meanwhile, land reform professor Elmien Du Plessis says AfriForum's statistics on farm murders are problematic and unreliable.
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Listen to AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel on The Midday Report:
Listen to Prof Elmien Du Plessis on The Midday Report:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : AfriForum 'proud' of Trump's stance on SA land expropriation, farm killings