Officials from the department of international relations and co-operation will meet with the US embassy on Thursday, to discuss US President Donald Trump's tweet about land and farm murders. Trump tweeted that he has asked US secretary of state Mike Pompeo to study expropriation without compensation and farm murders, seemingly after watching a segment on Fox News. He tweeted that he asked Pompeo to "closely study the South African land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers". Trump also included the sentence: "South African Government is now seizing land from white farmers", and tagged Fox News host Tucker Carlson and the channel in his tweet.

The presidency said on Thursday that it had noted Trump’s tweet, "which is misinformed in our view", but said the matter would be taken up through diplomatic channels. "To this end, the presidency will request the minister of the department of international relations and co-operation to obtain clarifi...

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