Zimbabwe: Afriforum Action Against Zimbabwe Approved

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Stephan Hofstatter
14 January 2010

Johannesburg — THE Gauteng High Court has given civil rights group AfriForum the go-ahead to take legal action in SA against the Zimbabwean government over its controversial land reforms.

The move could pave the way for hundreds of South African citizens in Zimbabwe who lost their properties through the reforms to claim compensation through South African courts.

Yesterday, the court granted AfriForum permission to serve summons on Zimbabwean Justice Minster Patrick Chinamasa, in its application to have a landmark property rights ruling by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) tribunal registered in SA.

The ruling said Zimbabwe’s 2005 constitutional amendment allowing the government to seize white-owned farms without compensation violated international law. It ordered Zimbabwe to pay dispossessed farmers fair compensation and protect those still on farms.

Zimbabwe does not recognise the ruling or the legality of [continue reading]

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