Trump's tweet was "misinformed", according to a South African government spokesperson, and a number of critics condemned the president's reaction, clearly devoid of any context other than Carlson's one-sided segment.
The comments drew harsh criticism from South African citizens and institutions alike, with the South African government claiming that Trump's tweet sought to "divide our nation and reminds us of our colonial past". The government pledged to "speed up the pace of land reform in a careful and inclusive manner that does not divide our nation". More than 70 percent of the land is still owned by the white minority, compared to 4 percent in the hands of black farmers. In fact, black South Africans can sue for land if they can prove that their family was buried on or owned the farm before 1910.
It comes after American think-tank, the Cato Institute, published a warning of the possible effects that expropriating privately-owned farmland may have on the country.
South Africa International Relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said she would seek clarification with the U.S. embassy, and would talk to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo through diplomatic channels. The restriction tightened during the apartheid era, as the governing National Party created desolate "homelands" for black people.
So why is South African land reform in the news?
On Thursday, a spokeswoman for President Cyril Ramaphosa, told CNN that "hysterical comments and statements do not assist in the process". "We must ensure ownership of land for all South Africans", he tweeted.
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Trump rarely turns his attention to Africa - the tweet was his first since he became president to mention the continent by name - but when he does it often backfires.
Though South Africa's constitution has not yet been amended and the government has not seized any major agricultural land, the prospect has sent panic through some white farming communities, who worry the policy will strip them of their land, cause land prices to plummet, or make them the target of potentially violent land seizures.
The rand currency dropped more than 1.5 per cent against the USA dollar in early trade on Thursday after Mr Trump's tweet had circulated in South Africa.
It took a year and a half to name the top Africa diplomat in the State Department.
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. Over on r/The_Donald, Reddit's pro-Trump forum, the tweet was celebrated. He expressed alarm over the devastating Ebola outbreak that killed more than 10,000 people in West Africa: "Why are we sending thousands of ill-trained soldiers into Ebola infested areas of Africa!" "It has also resolved that in determining the mechanisms of implementation, we must ensure that we do not undermine the economy, agricultural production and food security".
South Africa's has long attempted to right the wrongs of apartheid in its country, owning up to its racist past.