25 years after the fall of the Apartheid government in South Africa, the new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, and the African National Congress party have begun the process of collectivizing the country's farming infrastructure, most of which is still owned by the descendants of the European colonists who originally built it. A report from FOX News Channel's Tucker Carlson this week about the wave of "farm murders" if owners aren't willing to be driven out prompted President Trump to tweet about the issue.
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
In response to Trump, a radical black South African leader, Julius Malema, was widely reported to have said his men are prepared to die if it means South Africa will achieve "land expropriation without compensation." He also claimed, "They will kill us for that. There’s a group of white right-wingers who are being trained by Jews in Pretoria to be snipers…" (Israel was an ally of the old white South African government, which had its capital in Pretoria.) The history of South Africa is much more complicated than black vs. white, with European colonist communities that are older than the United States and a history of different tribes migrating to the region at different times from other parts of Africa.
"As land seizures based on skin color shows, South Africa is once again becoming a place where an entire group of people is targeted for discrimination and violence on the basis of their skin color. We oppose that obviously. It was wrong 25 years ago, it is wrong now... In the west, we punish only the guilty. We do not punish their descendants or everyone with the same hair and eye color. Now the people who run our country aren’t so sure," Tucker Carlson said.
"The president of the country, Cyril Ramaphosa, has pledged to change the constitution in order to legalize the seizure of property without compensation, that is currently being debated... Even now the government is trying to confiscate two game farms after the owners refused to sell at a fraction of the market price," Tucker said. "Everyone in the country understands what these are, they're racial attacks. OK say defenders of the South African government in this country, the [white] South African government also seized land on racial grounds. That is absolutely true, they did do that. And it is one of the reasons so many decent people opposed Apartheid. Apartheid was evil and wrong, things have changed though."
"Now our elites endorse the idea of a racial spoils system, and that is the scariest part," he said. "Our ruling class now believes in collective punishment. That is the opposite of justice."
"No one is alleging that the individual farmers in South Africa stole their land, they're saying that people who resemble them, [hundreds of years ago] did, and that is enough. The elites see no problem with this standpoint, and that should worry you. A lot."
Also see, Tucker's original report that spurred the president to tweet:
'Tucker Carlson Tonight' exclusive: South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has just begun the process of seizing land from his own citizens, without compensation, purely due to their skin color. That's far more racist than anything Donald Trump has ever done, of course, but elites in America barely even care.
Also watch, EFF leader Julius Malema: