US comments on land reform draw mixed responses: EFF, AfriForum react

US comments on land reform draw mixed responses: EFF, AfriForum react

- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned against land expropriation to mixed reviews

- AfriForum has urged the government to heed the American politician's warning

- The EFF, on the other hand, met what it perceives as interference with fury

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned South Africa that land expropriation without compensation will be 'disastrous' for the country. reported that Pompeo had compared the proposed policy to 'other failed socialist projects' like what was seen in Zimbabwe.

AfriForum has welcomed the criticism, with CEO Kallie Kriel commenting that:

“As the United States is one of South Africa’s largest trading partners, the South African government needs to take Pompeo’s warning seriously and realise that ideologically driven policies pose serious threats to the country’s economy. Zimbabwe and Venezuela, with their unemployment rate of about 90%, prove that all but the political elite suffer if property rights are violated.”

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The Economic Freedom Fighters, who strongly campaigned for the policy, reacted to the statement with venom:

“The regime of Pompeo and Trump detains minors at the border with Mexico, separating families and jailing children like animals. They are the ones who brought us to the brink of World War III. We are therefore not shocked that the destructive US state would be against the restoration of justice for black South Africans."

Challenging the comments head-on, the EFF warned Pompeo to stay in his own lane:

“Mike Pompeo must understand that we do not account to the US and our policy directives do not fall under his capitalist logic. He must instead stop waging war on African-Americans and Mexicans alike. The United States of America has too much blood on its hands to act as a leader of Africa.”

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