In March, Australia's then-home affairs minister said he was exploring giving South Africa's white farmers access to fast-track visas on humanitarian grounds amid fears over the number of farm killings.
He said he had asked his secretary of state to look into the matter of "seizing land from white farmers".
The State Department has not commented on Ramaphosa's announcement. He displayed the statement and read it aloud in full. "In Zimbabwe, we saw the government there squash civil society, shut down the media from doing their jobs in reporting and destroy an independent judiciary and we have not seen that happen in South Africa so I think they are different situations altogether".
FILE PHOTO: People erect a shack during illegal land occupations, in Mitchell's Plain township near Cape Town, South Africa, May 29, 2018.
Since 1994, the government has offered compensation to willing sellers of farmland in order to promote fair distribution, but the slow pace of land reforms led to a proposal of direct action past year.
Carlson labeled the statement "unbelievable". "A racist bigot", the morning host of one of the country's most popular talk radio stations, Eusebius McKaiser, told listeners before opening the airwaves to lively debate about Trump's inaccurate comments.
The issue is in the headlines again in South Africa ahead of next year's elections, with recent moves by the ruling African National Congress to change compensation rules for seized land stirring controversy, raising the possibility that some land could be taken from owners without compensation. "In fact, Ramaphosa is one of Barack Obama's favorite leaders in the world". "There is black genocide in the US; black people are killed every day".
Much of the farmland in South Africa is owned by the country's white minority, also known as Afrikaners, descended from Dutch settlers.
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.
The planned land policy has unnerved some investors already concerned about the country's weak economic growth, ballooning public debt and policy missteps.
AfriForum, a group that represents some white South African interests, welcomed his comments.
Earlier this month the group posted a list of farms it said were earmarked for expropriation, a list that the government said was fake. It called the government's plan "destructive" and "ahistoric".
"Our rural areas are trapped in a crime war", said Ian Cameron, identified as AfriForum's "head of safety".
White supremacists in the United States have made such claims for years. Their claims have been endorsed by figures such as Katie Hopkins, a British commentator who has compared immigrants to "cockroaches".
The 17 million people who reside there, a third of the population, are mostly subsistence farmers working tiny plots on communal land. Numerous right-wing activists and Internet personalities have undertaken similar projects. "Trump's tweet on the land issue has been negative for the rand but we have to wait and see what comes out from that".