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US official confirms Trump Administration is “monitoring” South Africa's land situation

We’re used to seeing some strange things emanate from the Twitter account of Donald Trump. By all means, he is the world’s first “social media president”. But the divisive politician managed to send South Africa into a frenzy last year when he weighed-in on the land expropriation debate.

Apart from the fact Trump admitted his foreign policy interests were based on what he’d watched on Fox News, POTUS also claimed there was a “large scale” killing of farmers taking place. Although an issue with farm murders exists in South Africa, it only makes up for 0.3% of the actual murder rate. No land has officially been “seized” by the government, either.

But the controversial figure was at least showing an interest in Mzansi, and it would seem that it wasn’t just a passing comment, according to Bloomberg. Tibor Nagy is the US Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, and he has revealed that the Trump Administration is still very keen on keeping an eye out for SA: 

“As everybody knows, President Trump has asked secretary Pompeo to monitor the [land] situation, to look at it carefully, which is what we are doing because that could be a loaded issue that U.S. investors would take a very close look at, when taking a decision on whether or not to invest in South Africa.”

Nagy told a media briefing on Sunday that the US government was interested in both the land issue and how the country is managing his debt. The experienced diplomat also suggested that this current government are “unlikely” to hand out any more debt relief to countries across Africa.

Nagy was also keen to express his desire to protect US investments in South Africa. The country is teetering on the edge of another recession and could be relegated to “junk status” by November, ahead of Moody’s crucial credit ratings decision. This worst-case scenario could see billions of dollars exit the country, as investors may decide to take their money and run.


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