A US delegation touched down in South Africa final week to examine the deliberate seizure of white-owned land. But Washington doesn’t actually perceive the land problem, and had different intentions for the journey, specialists advised RT.
A cohort of US officers – together with Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan and Deputy Ambassador to South Africa Jessye Lapenn – met with South African agricultural corporations on Friday to debate the affect of land seizures on property rights within the nation.
US President Donald Trump himself had promised to look into Prime Minister Cyril Ramaphosa’s deliberate seizure of land from white house owners, in addition to the reviews of the killing of white farmers by black mobs, final yr.
Ostensibly, the assembly was about strengthening financial cooperation between the 2 international locations. Under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act, South Africa should keep free markets and safeguard non-public property rights to maintain receiving favorable commerce phrases. Sullivan advised reporters land reform should happen transparently, within the curiosity of sustaining US investor confidence in South Africa.
However, African-American historian Gerald Horne advised RT that the assembly was additionally about ensuring Pretoria toes Washington’s line on worldwide points.
“Today, there may be grave concern in Washington about South Africa’s refusal to again US brigandage in Caracas, to not point out its de facto alliance with Moscow and Beijing,” Horne mentioned. “It isn’t any secret that traditionally, Washington has been hostile to the ANC authorities, not least due to its ties to progressive commerce unions and the South African Communist Party.”
That hostility, Horne argues, is rooted within the US’ assist for the white minority authorities that dominated South Africa throughout the apartheid period. “There is no doubt that Washington feels intimate and intense solidarity with the minority farmers,” he mentioned.
Political and financial analyst Lawrence Ok. Freeman additionally sees the Trump administration’s intervention as a sign to his predominantly white base again house.
“They need to intervene due to rumors and allegations that white farmers’ land is being taken away and white farmers are being killed,” Freeman advised RT. “And none of this is true, according to Cyril Ramaphosa.”
“They don’t really understand the importance of the land issue,” he continued. “From the times of colonialism, white farmers owned 75 to 80 percent of the land, and all these poor people have no land. Land to Africans is extremely important.”