Commercial Farmers' Union of Zimbabwe

Commercial Farmers' Union of Zimbabwe

***The views expressed in the articles published on this website DO NOT necessarily express the views of the Commercial Farmers' Union.***

SA court defers ruling on Zim farms case

SA court defers ruling on Zim farms case

by James Mombe     Tuesday 01 March 2011

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal on Monday postponed 
ruling on an appeal by the government against an earlier court order that it 
compensates a South African farmer for farms lost in Zimbabwe.

The farmer, Crawford von Abo, lost his 14 farms in Zimbabwe when they were 
expropriated under President Robert Mugabe’s controversial land reform 

The High Court ruled last year that Pretoria should have provided diplomatic 
protection for Von Abo’s properties and that because it had not done so it 
should compensate the farmer for his loses.

Mugabe has over the past eight years seized white-owned farms for 
re-distribution to landless blacks in a programme he says was meant to 
correct a colonial and unjust land tenure system that reserved the best 
arable land for whites while blacks were crowded on poor soils.

But veteran leader’s chaotic and often violent land reform programme also 
saw several farms owned by foreigners and protected under bilateral trade 
agreements between Zimbabwe and other countries seized without compensation.

However South Africa and Zimbabwe only signed an investment protection 
agreement in November 2009, well after Von Abo had lost his properties. —  


Killer poacher jailed 18 years

Killer poacher jailed 18 years   3/7/2019 The Chronicle Mashudu Netsianda, Senior Court Reporter A POACHER who ganged up with a colleague and fatally attacked a

Read More »

New Posts: