According to Willie Spies, the lawyer representing AfriForum, the matter drew high level attention from the Zimbabwean Government and the hearing last week was personally attended by the country’s Deputy
Attorney-General Prince Machaya.
The Zimbabwean government erroneously lodged the urgent application as Harare was apparently under the impression that the auction of properties in Cape Town, scheduled for 27 July and 10 August 2010, had
been organised by AfriForum and the farmers.
Although the farmers were the first ones to seize the properties, the auctions were organised by German banking group KFW Bank Gruppe but the Zimbabwean government went ahead with the erroneous urgent
Spies said Wednesday’s victory was but one in a series of legal battles which these farmers are taking on with the help of AfriForum.
“The victory once again provides the farmers and thousands of farmworkers, deprived of their livelihoods, with the moral oxygen and energy to continue their struggle for justice in Zimbabwe.”