AFRI – FORUM Attaches Zimbabwe Property in Cape Town

Johannesburg: A South African based pressure group on Tuesday attached a luxury property belonging to the Zimbabwean government in Cape Town as part of restorative measures aimed at compensating white commercial farmers who lost their farms in a controversial land reform programme launched in 2000 by the Zanu PF government.

Today Afri – Forum instructed the Sheriff of Cape Town to attach a luxury property of the Zimbabwean government, at 28 Salisbury Road, Cape Town, on behalf of Zimbabwean farmers, Afri Forum spokesperson Willies Spies told The Zimbabwean. In November 2008, the SADC Tribunal ruled in favour of Chegutu farmer Michael Campbell and 78 other Zimbabwean farmers that the Zimbabwean Governments land reform programme was racist and unlawful. In his reaction to this, President Robert Mugabe described the ruling as nonsense and of no consequence to Zimbabwe.

The move to attach Zimbabwe government property come after South African courts agreed last month to register that landmark ruling recognising the rights of the white farmers. Spies said, We just want to show that a regime can be fought through civil sanctions that are one reason why we have taken this course. The property is one of the four earmarked for annexure. The others are in Zonneblom and Wynberg all in Cape Town.

The Pretoria High Court ruled on February 26 that a SADC ruling, not recognised in Zimbabwe, be registered in South Africa and that a costs order of R160 000 was enforceable in SA. In terms of the tribunals ruling, the farmers are protected from further persecution and prosecution under Zimbabwes racially discriminatory land seizure programme.

Afri Forum has been involved in cases seeking restorative justice in Zimbabwe. Last year Afri -Forum launched a very successful campaign protesting against an international beverages firms dealings with Mugabe. Nestle was forced to stop buying milk from Mugabes Gushungo Estates after the group launched a Nestle product boycott.

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