Residents of South Africa are creating videos backing up US President Donald Trump’s claims that white farmers in South Africa are being murdered.
In riveting firsthand testimony uploaded to Twitter Monday, several South Africans pushed back against the mainstream media, testifying violence against whites is on the rise.
Danie Barnard, 32, a South African citizen, on Monday thanked President Trump for bringing attention to the issue and said he faces constant violence in the region.
— Danie Barnard (@DaanBarnard) August 27, 2018
“As you all may know, President Trump last week Wednesday made a tweet about what is going on in South Africa and there was a lot of backlash from the fake news mainstream media, especially in the United States,” Barnard said, going on to say his grandfather was murdered on his farm.
“As a South African boer I can tell you guys that it is 100% correct what Mr. Trump said in his tweet.”
“We do not try to spread any false information, nor are we right wing extremists, or Nazis as they are calling us. We are only citizens that are fearing for our lives because we live in a very violent society in South Africa. And it is true. It’s not only the white South Africans but also the black South Africans, but the big difference here is our government actually encourages violence towards whites and endorses it…”
Here’s a video example of one chant mentioned by Barnard, in which South Africans call for killing whites.
Black South Africans OPENLY call for white genocide : “Let us kill the white man, the white man must die” . Media ignore. https://t.co/edEA2pdeoy
— JOHNMEYER (@JOHNMEY28401489) August 27, 2018
A message from Barnard’s brother, Jacques, also backed Trump’s claims, noting he’s been the victim of home invasions and has had property stolen.
“I just want to say to the fake media: Sorry, it’s happening on a daily basis.”
— JB (@JacquesBarnard1) August 27, 2018
“All we’re asking is for you guys to do the research. Find out for yourselves. Don’t believe the media. They are lying. They are trying to cover it up, but unfortunately it’s true. People are dying every day in South Africa because of racial hate toward white people,” Jacques documented.
In another video a woman thanks Trump for calling attention to the dire situation, saying she’s been the victim of an armed robbery and carries a knife as a defensive measure.
“Mainstream media, I dare you to quote me on this,” she adds.
President Trump faced criticism after he tweeted last week he would have Secretary of State Mike Pompeo look into the “large scale killing of farmers.”
I have asked Secretary of State @SecPompeo to closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers. “South African Government is now seizing land from white farmers.” @TuckerCarlson @FoxNews
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2018
“South African Government is now seizing land from white farmers,” the president wrote in his tweet, citing a Fox News report.
Following the tweet, the South African government issued a statement saying Trump’s perception of the issue was “based on false information.”
“South Africa totally rejects this narrow perception which only seeks to divide our nation and reminds us of our colonial past,” the government wrote in a tweet. “South Africa will speed up the pace of land reform in a careful and inclusive manner that does not divide our nation.”
On Monday South African Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu also slammed Trump in a CNN interview, saying it was “unfortunate” the president had “misinterpreted” the government’s goal of compulsory land redistribution.
Also on Monday, South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa claimed the confiscation of white-owned farms “is no land grab” in a Financial Times op-ed, while going on to admit the African National Congress “recently resolved to propose a constitutional amendment that would make explicit the conditions under which land could justifiably be expropriated without compensation.”
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