United States President Donald Trump Picture: Olivier Matthys/AP/African News Agency (ANA)

Cape Town - The Cabinet has described as unfortunate comments by United States President Donald Trump on the debate in the country about the expropriation of land without compensation.

Minister of Communications Nomvula Mokonyane told the media in Cape Town on Thursday they will go through official channels to deal with the matter.

She said the process was still under way and there has been no amendment to the Constitution yet and there were no farms that have been seized.

She also said they will not call the acting US ambassador to South Africa to explain the comments by Trump.

Mokonyane also slammed AfriForum for going overseas to talk about the matter.

The minister said the country will press ahead with the discussion on the expropriation of land without compensation and Parliament was seized with the issue.

“The tweet (by Trump) has not determined our approach to the US on our current and future relationship. For now we have not fallen out with anyone,” said Mokonyane.

She said they will get the Department of International Relations to explain South Africa’s position to diplomats in the country and in foreign missions outside.

Mokonyane also reiterated comments by President Cyril Ramaphosa they will not allow land grabs and this policy will be implemented in line with the law and the Constitution.

Political Bureau