South African farmers ‘furious’ over Trump land reform tweet


South African farmers have demanded President Donald Trump “leave us the hell alone” after he criticised the country’s land reform plans, accusing him of trying to deflect attention from his own scandals.

“The people were furious about Trump – and I think they still are,” said Preline Swart, a 37-year-old black woman who farms grain and cattle with her husband east of Cape Town.

“He’s an outsider and he knows nothing about farming,” she said on the sidelines of a summit of farmers, officials and industry players in Bela Bela, 160 kilometres northeast of Johannesburg.

Mr Trump’s Wednesday tweet, posted on the eve of the “Land Solution” gathering, touched on the overwhelmingly white ownership of farmland in South Africa – one of the…

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