There are no farm murders or land grabs in South Africa – according to President Cyril Ramaphosa‚ who made the statement during an interview with Bloomberg on Wednesday.

“There are no killings of farmers or white farmers in South Africa. There’s no land grab in South Africa. We are involved in a process of discussing land reform‚” he said.

Ramaphosa was talking about meeting US President Donald Trump‚ but said they never discussed Trump’s tweet on the subject.

The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) also lambasted Ramaphosa’s remarks‚ making reference to police annual crime statistics.

“The same police data shows that 353 such murders occurred since 2012/13.”

IRR chief executive Frans Cronjé said Ramaphosa’s remarks were “offensive to the victims of farm murders – black and white – and to the millions of South Africans who live with insecure title to the properties they occupy”.

“AfriForum wants to provide farm attack victims and their families with the opportunity to tell their stories to opinion formers‚ politicians‚ government representatives and the media in Washington‚” AfriForum said.

AfriForum deputy chief executive Ernst Roets said Ramaphosa’s remarks were “a slap in the face of the more than 10‚000 people who were attacked on South African farms‚ as well as the families of the approximately 2‚000 victims who were killed in these farm attacks”.

“Hide your face in shame” AfriForum blasts Ramaphosa for his blantant lie.