AfriForum rolls out campaign to seize Zim assets

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
26 March 2010

South African civil rights initiative, AfriForum, has rolled out what it calls a ‘Civil Sanction Campaign’ in support of Zimbabwe’s farmers and farm workers, the first step of which is to seize Zimbabwean assets in South Africa.

The group has identified four Zimbabwean owned properties to be ‘attached’ as compensation for South African farmers who have lost land in Robert Mugabe’s land ‘reform’ programme. A 2008 regional ruling, declaring the exercise ‘unlawful’, has been ignored and legally dismissed in Zimbabwe, leaving farmers with no choice but to seek justice elsewhere. Farmers approached AfriForum to have that same ruling, made by the human rights court of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), registered in South Africa.

Judge Garth Rabie last month ruled in favour of the farmers, stating that the SADC Tribunal ruling, including a later order to pay costs to the farmers, should be honoured. AfriForum has since been seeking what Zimbabwean assets can be attached to settle these costs and [continue reading]


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