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Zim farmer loses case against SA govt

Zim farmer loses case against SA govt

April 4 2011 at 04:31pm

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on Monday ruled against Free State 
businessman Crawford von Abo, who wanted the South African government to 
compensate him for farms he lost in Zimbabwe.

SABC radio news reported that the SCA set aside a judgment by a high court 
that ordered the government to pay him compensation for the property he lost 
during the land redistribution programme in Zimbabwe.

This was because the South African government failed to respond to his 
request for diplomatic protection.

The SCA held on Monday that even though South Africa’s response to Von Abo 
was inappropriate, it did not give him legal rights to financial 

Von Abo built up a large farming enterprise over 50 years in Zimbabwe, but 
was left penniless after his 14 farms were virtually destroyed by land 

He had, since 2008, tried to get the South African government to take 
diplomatic steps to address the violation of his rights in Zimbabwe.

In February 2010, the High Court in Johannesburg found that the South 
African government had a constitutional obligation to provide diplomatic 
protection and ordered that it had 60 days to take all necessary steps to 
have Von Abo’s violation of rights by Zimbabwe remedied. – Sapa


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