SA government silent on invasion of BIPPA protected Zim ranch

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
19 April 2010

The South African government is yet to make any move to condemn the invasion of a game ranch in Zimbabwe, protected by a bilateral investment protection agreement signed by the two countries last year.

A lodge on Denlynian Game Ranch, which lies just 46 km from the South African border, was invaded by eight men last Wednesday, who then gave the owners of the farm up until Thursday night to vacate the property. The chief game guard on Denlynian Game Ranch was later forced by invaders to leave the ranch and take refuge nearby. A truck then arrived at the ranch and the occupants began stealing items of value from the lodge.

Last Wednesday night the ranch owners son, Arthur Ferguson, was arrested in front on his young children at their home next door to the ranch. He spent a night behind bars at Beitbridge police station without charge before being released on Thursday. Ferguson, a horticulturalist on Benfer Citrus Estate, has still not been charged, although the President of the Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) Deon Theron, said on Monday that it is likely he’ll face charges for “refusing to leave the property.” The citrus estate is owned by Ian Ferguson, who built up Denlynian Game Ranch into a prized tourism destination.

Since the owners are South African citizens, both properties are protected by a [continue reading]

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