August 23, 2018 / 8:35 PM / 2 months ago

Seizing land without payment would take South Africa on wrong path - U.S. State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States believes that land confiscation without compensation in South Africa would take that country down the wrong path, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said on Thursday after President Donald Trump raised the issue in a tweet.

U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 23, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

“The expropriation of land without compensation ... would risk sending South Africa down the wrong path. We continue to encourage a peaceful and transparent public debate about what we consider to be a very important issue,” Nauert said at a briefing.

Reporting by Lesley Wroughton and Makini Brice; Writing by David Alexander; Editing by Eric Beech

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