South Africa's top diplomat slams Trump tweet as 'right-wing ideology'

US President Donald Trump arrives for a ceremony to present Valerie Nessel widow of Air Force Tech Sgt. John Chapman with his Medal of Honor in the East Room of the White House in Washington DC

The president's tweet about South Africa marked his latest bid to signal common cause with nationalists movements overseas, including in Europe, where Trump and his top aides have expressed solidarity with populist governments pursuing anti-immigration agendas.

"We are now saying, those who have been concerned and fear that this will not be well handled should be reassured we are as responsible as we were when we settled the apartheid nightmare under the leadership of Nelson Mandela..."

Sisulu could barely contain her fury about Trump's remarks at a press briefing in Pretoria on Monday, calling the US President's characterisation of land.

"That bill will give more clarity on how South Africans should deal with the land question and the property issues that today still favour the minority at the expense of the majority of South Africans, in particular black people".

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Britain Prime Minister, Theresa May on Tuesday said her country supports South Africa's land reform program.

The current arrangement is valid until 2025, but Trump has already shown in dealings with Mexico, China and Canada that he is not averse to ripping up existing trade agreements he sees as undercutting America, or simply to settle political scores. The average household income for white-person-headed households in South Africa, according to a 2016 survey, is five times the average income of a black-headed one.

"It's good to know that the Mendi Bell is back in South Africa where it will be able to provide a focal point of Remembrance for the people of South Africa and in particular the families of those who died".

"We are in full support of the need to undertake land reforms to address the issues of inequality".

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Government officials said they would summon USA diplomats to explain the Trump administration's position, although Trump has yet to name an ambassador to the country. The party said it was withdrawn in efforts to allow "an ongoing process that could lead to the changing of the constitution to pave way for expropriation of land without compensation", Reuters reports.

The cable, sent Wednesday morning and obtained by Foreign Policy, does not mention the president or his tweet at all. "So we kind of put on a Team SA hat in terms of making the rest of the Agoa benefits possible", says Stander, who is CEO of Country Bird Holdings, one of SA's top poultry producers.

At the moment, it's illegal for South Africans to acquire land beyond their reserves, known as "Homelands".

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