AfriForum, a group that campaigns for the interests of Afrikaners in South Africa, welcomed Mr Trump’s move, saying it believed it had influenced the US president’s views.
“Trump’s announcement follows only three months after AfriForum sent a delegation to the USA to inform the Cato Institute (a prominent American think tank), Tucker Carlson (presenter of Fox News) and various other institutions and politicians of the situation in this regard in South Africa,” it said in a statement.
The group lobbies globally on the issue, saying South Africa’s white farmers feel under attack.
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokeswoman said the government would “take up the matter through diplomatic channels”.
Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, a radical party which backs the expropriation of land, said South Africans would not be intimidated by Mr Trump and that his remarks had only made them more determined.
On the farm killings, he added: “It’s absolute rubbish to say there’s white genocide. There’s black genocide in the USA. They’re killing black people in the USA.”
No. The constitution has not yet been changed and since 1994 the ANC has been following a willing-buyer willing-seller module to redistribute land.
Around 10% of land in white ownership has been transferred to black owners in this way.
Mr Ramaphosa told parliament on Wednesday that South Africa needed to speed up the pace of land reform to correct a historical injustice.
However, the South Africa president said it would be done in an ordered manner and there would be no land grabbing.
“As South Africans we must move away from this fear psychosis that has been going around, particularly those that have been spreading lies and rumours. Organisations like AfriForum going overseas and saying that the ANC is out for a land grab.”
Critics of expropriation without compensation have pointed to neighbouring Zimbabwe, which saw some violent attacks on white farmers, alongside the seizure of their land, which has been widely blamed for the the country’s economic collapse.