Zimbabwe

Zim asset grab 'moves to private schools'

2012-07-03 13:07
Zimbabwe’s indigenisation minister Saviour Kasukuwere. (AFP, File)

Zimbabwe’s indigenisation minister Saviour Kasukuwere. (AFP, File)

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Cape Town - The Zimbabwean government has extended its asset grab programme under its indigenous laws to include privately-owned educational institutions including crèches, primary and secondary schools and institutions of higher learning, a media report said on Tuesday.

According to Newsday, the country’s indigenisation minister Saviour Kasukuwere "has now ordered pre-schools, primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities... to comply with the Empowerment Act".

The Act defines an indigenous person as anyone "disadvantaged by unfair discrimination on the grounds of his or her race" before 18 April 1980, or the descendant of such a person.

This definition, according to the report, has been loosely interpreted by President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF to mean black people, resulting in government taking aim at white-controlled institutions.

The country's indigenisation programme initially targeted mines, but is now a blanket plan over all sectors of the economy covering finance, tourism, arts and entertainment, engineering and construction, telecommunications and the motor industry.

Kasukuwere has also targeted sports facilities and sports clubs, the report said.

Read more on:    zanu-pf  |  robert mugabe  |  saviour kasukuwere  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

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