Zimbabwe Farmers Turn To SA Courts

They want the ruling by a Southern African Development Community (SADC) tribunal against Zimbabwe’s land reform programme to be registered, paving the way for the seizure of government assets. The application has been brought by civil rights group AfriForum on behalf of the farmers.

AfriForum said if the application was successful it could allow Zimbabwean farmers the chance to recoup losses suffered due to President Robert Mugabe’s controversial land reform programme.

Louis Fick, Michael Campbell and Thomas Etheredge are among hundreds of farmers affected.

The Zimbabwean government has ignored a SADC tribunal ruling that the land grabs are racist and unlawful.

A ruling in AfriForum’s favour will enable it to seize Zimbabwe’s non-diplomatic assets in South Africa.