There are no farm murders or land grabs in South Africa – according to President Cyril Ramaphosa‚ who made the statement during an interview with Bloomberg on Wednesday.
“There are no killings of farmers or white farmers in South Africa. There’s no land grab in South Africa. We are involved in a process of discussing land reform‚” he said.
Ramaphosa was talking about meeting US President Donald Trump‚ but said they never discussed Trump’s tweet on the subject.
Trump tweeted on February 20th: “I have asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large-scale killing of farmers.”
Ramaphosa said: “But on the tweet itself‚ it was clearly misinformed. Whoever gave him that information was clearly wrong.”
Ramaphosa’s remarks have ruffled AfriForum’s feathers. They said on Monday they were going to send the loved ones of farm murder victims across the Atlantic as part of the next phase of their awareness campaign about farm murders and expropriation without compensation.
According to the latest crime statistics‚ there were 62 recorded farm murders‚ 33 house robberies‚ six attempted murders and two rapes on farms in 2017/18. This pales in comparison with the 57 South Africans murdered daily.