Afri-Forum Start Moves To Attach Zim Property In SA

The move comes after South African courts agreed last month to register a landmark ruling passed by a regional court recognising the rights of the white farmers. The ruling declared that Zimbabwe’s land reform programme launched 2000 was in contravention of a Southern AFrican Development Community (SADC) treaty because of its discriminatory nature.

Afri-Forum’s spokesperson, Willie Spies, told Radio VOP in Cape Town that his group had identified Zimbabwean properties in Cape Town.

“We have identified four properties in Cape Town, they are three vacant houses while the other one is being leased out to an unidentified tenant,” said Willies.

“We have being given the go ahead by the High Court and will be working with a sheriff in Cape Town.”

Asked if they are sure that the properties belongs to the Zimbabwean government, Spies said, “We have done a search at the deeds office and all properties are registered in the name of the Zimbabwean government.”

The Pretoria High Court last month ruled 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 tribunal’s ruling, the farmers are protected from further persecution and prosecution under Zimbabwe’s racially discriminatory land seizure programme.

The four properties that have been identified are a 154 square metre property in Zonnebloem, a 408 square metre property, also in Zonnebloem, a 1060 square metre property in Wynberg and a 895 square metre property in Kenilworth.