Zimbabwe court approves seizure of farmers` equipment

source: ZimNews
published:Tue 6-Nov-2007

Zimbabwe’s supreme court has ruled the government can seize equipment belonging to white farmers whose properties were expropriated under controversial land reforms, state media said Tuesday. The Herald newspaper said the highest court of appeal on Monday upheld a law allowing the government to keep hold of all equipment and machinery belonging to white former commercial farmers whose farms were seized.

“I am satisfied that the compulsory acquisition in terms of the Act is for a purpose beneficial to the public generally or to a section of the public,” chief justice Godfrey Chidyausiku was quoted as saying. The judgment followed an appeal by a group of farmers challenging the constitutionality of the Acquisition of Farm Equipment or Material Act, which allows the government to “compulsorily acquire” any farming equipment and material left behind by white farmers.

The farmers also argued that [continue reading]

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