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President Trump Sent Officials to Investigate Land Expropriation in South Africa

There was consensus that there has been considerable misinformation about land expropriation without compensation.

President Donald Trump sent a number of his officials to formally investigate the process of land expropriation without compensation in South Africa in addition to rampant claims of a 'white genocide'.


Land expropriation without compensation is part of a land reform process in South Africa that seeks to address the injustices of the country's past that resulted in land being stolen from Black people. It has caused, and understandably so, much debate among South Africans but more so White South African land owners who fear a similar outcome to that of Zimbabwe's land reform.

In addition, misinformation and false narratives around the targeting of White farmers in a so-called 'white genocide' have been peddled abroad by racist lobby groups such as AfriForum.

The visit by American officials comes after Trump asked his Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, to monitor land reform in South Africa back in 2018.

The American delegation, which included including Deputy Secretary of State, John Sullivan, and the US Deputy Ambassador to South Africa, Jessye Lapenn, met with key stakeholders such as AgriSA, Grain SA and several officials from the ruling African National Congress (ANC). Their discussions were aimed at ensuring that the land reform process is transparent and does not adversely affect South Africa's economy. The often exaggerated murder rate of White farmers was discussed along with the dangerous possibility of illegal land grabs.

Speaking in a press briefing following the meeting, Sullivan said:

"Land reform has received significant attention – but there is a lot of misinformation in the US. I don't think it has translated well across the ocean and been covered with the depth and perspective that is necessary."

READ: There is No 'White Genocide' Happening in South Africa, So Why is the American Right So Obsessed?

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Interview: Buju Banton Is a Lyrical Purveyor of African Truth

A candid conversation with the Jamaican icon about his new album, Upside Down 2020, his influence on afrobeats, and the new generation of dancehall.

Devout fans of reggae music have been longing for new musical offerings from Mark Anthony Myrie, widely-known as the iconic reggae superstar Buju Banton. A shining son of Jamaican soil, with humble beginnings as one of 15 siblings in the close-knit community of Salt Lane, Kingston, the 46-year-old musician is now a legend in his own right.

Buju Banton has 12 albums under his belt, one Grammy Award win for Best Reggae Album, numerous classic hits and a 30-year domination of the industry. His larger-than-life persona, however, is more than just the string of accolades that follow in the shadows of his career. It is his dutiful, authentic style of Caribbean storytelling that has captured the minds and hearts of those who have joined him on this long career ride.

The current socio-economic climate of uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrusted onto the world, coupled with the intensified fight against racism throughout the diaspora, have taken centre stage within the last few months. Indubitably, this makes Buju—and by extension, his new album—a timely and familiar voice of reason in a revolution that has called for creative evolution.

With his highly-anticipated album, Upside Down 2020, the stage is set for Gargamel. The title of this latest discography feels nothing short of serendipitous, and with tracks such as "Memories" featuring John Legend and the follow-up dancehall single "Blessed," it's clear that this latest body of work is a rare gem that speaks truth to vision and celebrates our polylithic African heritage in its rich fullness and complexities.

Having had an exclusive listen to some other tracks on the album back in April, our candid one-on-one conversation with Buju Banton journeys through his inspiration, collaboration and direction for Upside Down 2020, African cultural linkages and the next generational wave of dancehall and reggae.

This interview has been shortened and edited for clarity.

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