According to Dirco, “The minister emphasized that the land reform and agrarian reform process will be undertaken within the framework of the Constitution and implemented in a manner that does not affect economic stability and food stability.”
The sides “agreed to convene a meeting of all South African based US companies to brief them about the land reform process.”
US President Donald Trump had earlier asked Secretary Pompeo “to closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations.” He also alleged that the South African government was “seizing land from white farmers.”
Last week, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa warned the UN General Assembly that his government is planning to implement controversial reforms to correct racially skewed land-ownership patterns.
In a video clip taken during Cyril Ramaphosa’s visit to the United Nations in New York, he stated clearly that no white farmers were killed on farms and that no illegal landgrabs was taking place in South Africa.
TLU SA says that at least 43 people were killed on farms this year, of which 20 were white farmers, according to its authoritative database.
A significant amount of illegal land occupations that took place were reported by the national media. Where the country’s president comes to these blatant lies, only the man in the moon will know, says TLU SA president, Mr. Louis Meintjies. “Clearly, the president’s understanding of brutal South African realities is the result of highly twisted ideological tunnel vision. He lies through his teeth. ”
Dr. Pieter Groenewald says Ramaphosa’s denial of farm murders and land grab in South Africa is dishonest and a blatant lie. “It’s a pitiful attempt to make a mistake for foreign countries in this regard.
“The president is either totally deceptive or he is doing a blatant attempt to fake the United Nations (UN) and the world perception, especially on farm killings.
“The fact that the police themselves announce the statistics on farm murders and attacks, as well as previous police reports on farm attacks, acknowledge the reality of farm murders and attacks and it makes it unthinkable that the president of the country is in a state of denial about it and thereby letting the farmers down.
“On the one hand, he tells how important farmers are, but abroad he betrays them.
“If the president wants to be truly honest with the world, he should have asked for international assistance to see how a contribution can be made to combating crime in South Africa, and in particular farm murder which is partly the cause of the inadequate rural security system and strategy in South Africa, “says Dr. Groenewald.
The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has proposed a constitutional amendment that would give the government a legal right to seize and redistribute farmlands without any compensation for owners. The draft reform triggered heated international debate along with multiple media reports of alleged violence against South African white farmers, including murders. It has also raised concerns among international investors, while the ANC sought to reassure that the move will be lawful and will not threaten stability.
The two Ministers agreed to continue exchanging views with regards to the Israel and Palestine situation. They both underscored that a satisfactory resolution would be based on a two states’ solution.
At the conclusion of a cordial and fruitful bilateral discussion, Minister accepted an invitation from Secretary Pompeo to undertake a working visit to Washington at the dates to be finalized through the diplomatic channels.