Eyewitness News asked communications minister Nomvula Mokonyane how well she felt that South Africa is managing the coverage of the land issue, especially abroad.
Minister of Communication Nomvula Mokonyane. Image: GCIS.
CAPITAL CITY – Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has denied that the government is in the background when it comes to keeping foreign countries up to date on South Africa's land reform plans.
Mokonyane responded Thursday to questions about the tweet of US President Donald Trump, in which he says that he has instructed his secretary of the state to investigate "seizures and expropriation of land and farms and the massive killing of farmers".
His tweet was based on incorrect information broadcast by the American Fox News television channel.
I asked the State Secretary @SecPompeo to carefully study the seizures and expropriations of the country and the farms in South Africa and the large-scale murder of farmers. "The South African government now seizes land from white farmers." @TuckerCarlson @Fox news
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2018
Eyewitness news Mokonyane asked how good she thought South Africa was managing his reports on the land issue, especially abroad.
"Our foreign missions on any issue that is a closed policy or process that is going to address government policies, they are on board forever through the International Relations and Cooperation Department.
"But Brand SA also looks at investments and looks at informing communities where we have a footprint, and looks beyond what the government can do."
She says that many countries have given South Africa the space to solve the problem and to keep them informed of developments. While she called Trump's tweet unfortunate, she says it will not affect South Africa's relations with the United States.
"For now we have not been with anyone, and what we are trying to do is make sure everyone understands what the South African people mean – naturally led by the South African government."
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(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)