The farm invasions are a violation of the Bilateral Investment Promotion Protection Agreements (BIPPAs) signed between Zimbabwe and South Africa last November.
South Africa Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said Pretoria had made a formal contact with Zimbabwe over the issue. Radio VOP is informed that the main issue raised by the South Africans was the invasions of their farms by senior Zanu PF officials and supporters.
“The South African government would like to confirm and put it on record that it has made formal contact with the Zimbabwean authorities and Government with regard to issues raised by the South African citizens residing in Zimbabwe,” Nkoana-Mashabane said. “We will continue to offer consular services to all South African citizens who might have been affected by any unfortunate circumstances that are beyond our control.”
Manicaland has been the centre of the most recent farm invasions where South Africans own farms. A senior Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe official invaded Manda farm near Rusape on Christmas Day last year.