Land Reform in South Africa: Fact and Fiction

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U.S. President Donald Trump touched off a diplomatic row with South Africa by repeating an erroneous broadcast about land reform there.

  • Piers Pigou
  • ICG

In this Q&A, our Southern Africa Senior Consultant Piers Pigou sets the record straight about the land ownership and expropriation debates that are really underway in South Africa today.

  • What happened to start the row?

Dab 2bOn 22 August, U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted that he had instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to investigate land seizures and the “largescale” murder of (white) farmers in South Africa.

President Trump apparently was responding to a…

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