SA under pressure to take action on Zim land reform
source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
20 July 2010
The South African government is coming under increasing pressure to take action against Robert Mugabe and his land ‘reform’ programme, after more South African farmers were arrested in Zimbabwe last week.
The farmers, Gary Godfrey and Nigel Fawcett, together with Fawcett’s manager Russel McCormack, were arrested in Nyamandlovu after more than a month of police harassment and intimidation. The farmers are being charged under the Gazetted Lands (Consequential Provisions) Act for occupying so called ‘State Land’ illegally. Both Godfrey and Fawcett have been arrested before on the same charges, which were dropped.
According to the Southern African Commercial Farmers Alliance in Zimbabwe, the harassment against the farmers began in late May, with police cutting off water supplies to Godfrey’s Highfields Farm. The move left all of Godfrey’s staff and their families without water, as well as his livestock. The police also stopped the staff from working, resulting in none of [continue reading]