Sale of Zimbabwe property going ahead

2012-09-20 20:32

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Bloemfontein - The sale of a Zimbabwean government-owned property in Cape Town to settle a punitive legal cost order will go ahead, civil rights group AfriForum said on Thursday.

"We will ask the sheriff in Cape Town this week to continue with arrangements for the judicial selling of the property in Salisbury Way in Kenilworth," said AfriForum spokesperson Willie Spies.

This follows a dismissed appeal by the Zimbabwean government in the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA).

The SCA heard an appeal by the Zimbabwean government against a high court ruling, which registered and enforced a Southern African Development Community (SADC) tribunal ruling locally and resulted in the attachment of Zimbabwean property in Cape Town.

"It would probably be the first time in legal history that there would be a judicial selling of a state’s property owing to gross human rights [violations]," said Spies.

The litigation began when Zimbabwean farmer Mike Campbell approached the SADC tribunal in Windhoek for relief in 2008.

Illegal, racist

This was after he and his family were targeted by the land grabs of Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe.

The tribunal, comprising five judges from various Southern African states, ruled in November 2008 that the Zimbabwean land reform process was illegal and racist.

It held that Campbell and 77 other farmers in the matter should be left in peace and their property rights restored.

Continued legislation led to the registration of the tribunal's finding in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria in February 2010, and the attachment of a Zimbabwean government-owned property in Kenilworth, Cape Town.

The attachment was to satisfy a punitive cost order granted by the SADC tribunal.

On Thursday, a unanimous SCA judgment by a full bench of five judges held that Zimbabwe's contention that it was not bound by the amendments of the SADC treaty had no merit.

AfriForum helped the group of Zimbabwean farmers to register the regional tribunal’s finding in South Africa, which would now result in the selling of the Kenilworth property.

- SAPA
Read more on:    afriforum  |  sadc  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
5 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
Keep your bike (and yourself) safe with these tips 2015-03-23 09:16

Whether you’re a newbie pedaller or a seasoned cyclist, knowing how to stay safe is the best way to enjoy your time on your bike.

/News
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Love is in the air and you are in the mood to share and spend an abundant amount of time and energy with someone special. You may...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.