Kids given farms in Zimbabwe land reforms

2014-06-10 15:23

Harare - An audit of Zimbabwe's controversial land reforms has revealed that children as young as ten were allocated farms seized from whites, state media reported on Tuesday.

The audit found that policy regulations had been flouted by some people who acquired more than one farm and registered them in their children's names.

"You know our policy. We do not give somebody land who is less than 21 years, but we are getting people with 10 years, 12 years," The Herald newspaper quoted Lands and Resettlement Minister Douglas Mombeshora as saying.

He said the fraudulent allocations came to light during an interim audit to determine farm ownership and productivity on the farmland.

"Some people acquired farms on behalf of their children," Mombeshora said

He said the interim audit involved checking the ministry's farm register against names at the registrar-general's office and that the revelations "explain why some plots are vacant."

President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party launched the land reforms in 2000, taking over white-owned farms to resettle landless blacks.

Food shortages

Mugabe said then the reforms were meant to correct colonial land ownership imbalances.

The land seizures were often violent, claiming the lives of several white farmers during clashes with veterans of Zimbabwe's 1970s liberation struggle.

Critics of the reforms have blamed the programme for low production on the farms as the majority of the beneficiaries lacked the means and skills to work the land.

Zimbabwe was a net food exporter before 2000 but now faces food shortages and relies on imports from neighbouring countries.

Mugabe and his wife reportedly own more than one farm, while government land policy limits ownership to one farm.

Mombeshora said the government needs $35m for a full audit of the land reform programme.

  • Stuart Shaw - 2014-06-10 14:41

    Why are we NOT surprised? RSA going the same way with JZ at the helm. Or maybe JZ is following the advice he gave to his chums...become sick all of a sudden to avoid jail?

      Yin Yang - 2014-06-10 15:46

      Why is there food shortages? Because they bit the hand that fed them...and didn't educate themselves on sustaining food productivity...

      renofinch - 2014-06-10 16:04

      African brains at their best

      Gabriel Mashabela - 2014-06-10 16:07

      brilliant future plan

      FaceRealFacts - 2014-06-10 16:17

      Even when it is clear that boss "Robert" ' s policies is killing more people due to starvation he still can't except that the African way is unsustainable and that it needs the west to look after it.

      NoAbsolutes - 2014-06-10 18:40

      The thumbs aren't an indication of public opinion. There are one or two Zanu-PF agents who manipulate them on ANY article about Zimbabwe. And laughably, they only work normal office hours .....

      Alfred Karius - 2014-06-11 06:49

      @Wolf Pack Hunter Its a tactic borrowed from the Israelis, using votebots to manipulate the like/dislikes on comments, except they did it with a bit more finesse.

      Alfred Karius - 2014-06-11 12:30

      Ooh look the zim agents have given me 89 down votes. Robert mugabe is an ass hole who has lead his country into such economic ruin that it cannot even support its own currency and has lead to over 3 million economic refugees. He has strengthened the global perception of the stereotypical African leaders being an incompetent buffoon. So lets see how many down votes I will get for that? Come on get clicking boys I want a record.

      Michael Kleber - 2014-06-11 14:16

      This African success story just continues to thrive , i heard on the news today that there are going to be power cuts in Zim lasting up to 16 hours

  • Chris McComb - 2014-06-10 15:04

    COOL... Pity Im not 10 (and white)

      Karl Kat - 2014-06-11 07:29

      I see the Zim thumbs down fanatic is trigger happy again. Sorry for you boy, you not going to change people's perception what they think about your brain rotten hero mugabe. Are you a news24 editorial staff member???

      Yin Yang - 2014-06-11 07:53

      ...It's called sarcasm Karl Kat...tsk tsk tsk...

  • jungleboy - 2014-06-10 15:19

    The African way.

  • Peter William - 2014-06-10 15:23

    I expect nothing less than idiotic actions from that madman. Ooooops forgot who his dear friend is. Oh well none the less idiots

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-06-10 18:20

      There seems to be more idiots using thumbs down - well what can you expect

  • Oscar Manamela - 2014-06-10 15:39

    Its their land after all

      ian.r.mcnee - 2014-06-10 15:43

      Who's land?

      jason.hepple.5 - 2014-06-10 15:54

      What!?? A ten year old owns land... How does he pay rates and taxes?? You are an idiot!

      Justice Shivambu - 2014-06-10 16:40

      That's true oscar, african land belongs to african black people, and some stupid says hw can a 10 year old child know about land. Those children they hv parents who control those land. It like when u register some millions wth yr 1 month old baby.

      Wilweet - 2014-06-10 16:51

      some remarks are just to dumb for any comment

      PeterJJhb - 2014-06-10 17:02

      Oh man. I am sorry u are so stupid!!!

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-06-10 18:26

      Yes and after all don't ask Europe for help after you fck up - let them eat cake

      Ritz40 - 2014-06-10 18:36

      Justice where is your land? Don't you think its a but unfair of your wonderful leader to give land to a 10 yo but you have to come to the country with the many whites to earn enough to send money home for your starved ones?

  • Moruga NuNaga - 2014-06-10 15:41

    is that Mugabe still alive??????

      christa.theart - 2014-06-10 16:42

      Satan look well after it's child. ... He he's a black Hitler

      christa.theart - 2014-06-10 16:42

      Satan look well after it's child. ... He he's a black Hitler

      George Wood - 2014-06-10 17:02

      Unfortunately yes but on the up side, the party is going to be EPIC when he finally shuffles off the mortal coil!

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-06-10 18:27

      Unfortunately yes - you would'nt say it though - nothing happening there

  • CraigJoseph - 2014-06-10 15:41

    Well done Zimbabwe! Just when I thought your madness hit it's limits, you go and surprise me with this. IDIOTS!

  • Mike Machaba - 2014-06-10 15:51


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  • Jim Bean - 2014-06-10 16:05

    Ha ha.. I love how the photo they have used at the top is a harvester, harvesting what is obviously a good harvest, ironically, completely the opposite of what this article is about.

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-06-10 18:29

      I think that photo was taken when it was still Rhodesia - a thriving country with more than enough food

      Jim Bean - 2014-06-10 20:25

      Oh and I see Mad Bobs on-line army has been deployed to downvote us nasty people down south..

  • Pete Doherty - 2014-06-10 16:17

    1) its not an issue...everyone would do it to secure a future for their children. 2)There are millions of hactars that were not used and white farmers registered the land either in kids name or someone overseas in England. Now natives do the same and its now a big issue. 3)At least zim is doing an audit its a good thing. 4)Contrary to reports not all white farms were productive and wealthy . Some white farmers were lazy poor drunkards. 5) white folks lost because of their attitude. humility pays.

      CraigJoseph - 2014-06-10 16:22

      @ Pete "hactars"? A Zimbabwean in sheeps clothing?

      christa.theart - 2014-06-10 16:41

      Your clearly talking through your crack

      paul.d.murison - 2014-06-10 17:29

      Hahaha. Your a toss

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-06-10 18:33

      1) There is no future 2) what is a hactar? 3) Audit is a good thing - but is there anything left to audit? 4) I wonder where the food came from? Were even exported!!! 5) Thats why Zimbabwe is paying now - LEKKER KRY VIR JULLE - LET THEM EAT CAKE

      Pete Doherty - 2014-06-11 00:01

      @ audrey @ crag English is not my mother language yet i still command it beautifully. There might be one or two errors ..everyone makes mistakes On top of that , i command six african languages plus french and germany. You live in africa but i dont think you are able to command any local languages apart from your own plus another one...the racist language.... Its sad.

      Pete Doherty - 2014-06-11 00:53

      german* i mean to say.

      jason.hepple.5 - 2014-06-19 09:52

      So Pete... Why do you use a white mans name... Too ashamed of your own!??

  • Marius Botha - 2014-06-10 16:23

    No contry ruled by a idiot can survive and this proves it

  • Fairness IsEverything - 2014-06-10 16:29

    The same applies to their election results. They think the rest of the world is stupid.. They would not win a competition against a rock without cheating and we know it.

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-06-10 18:34

      Now they between a rock and a hard place ha ha

  • JeanClaude Vandamme - 2014-06-10 16:33

    given the opportunity I could easily get Zimbabwe on top of the game_ sadly idiots rule with backward minds, but here in SA its a different story coz whites run the economic show sadly though only in towns and cities plus our government is too foolish to realize the potential, which is why I decided to be a doctor

      Fairness IsEverything - 2014-06-10 16:39

      Please help us understand your definition of economic show.

      Lebogang Letsebe - 2014-06-10 17:40

      they do run de economy cos they stole dat our land,if they did not do that we could have have had the required skills,we want our land back.blacks are poor cos de doing of whites.if our goverment do nothing about this.we will personally take it back,even if it means a blood shed.what happened in de past was bull.n must be rectified.or bragging with wat is not yours will be your nightmare,when hell break loose

      Promise Marapa - 2014-06-10 18:14

      Lebo, you don't need land you need a brain, ask Bill Gates.

      Fanie Kuhn - 2014-06-10 18:18

      Lebogang, what about when you stole the land from the Khoi-San?

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-06-10 18:35

      Lebo rather pray for a brain cell

  • Bertus Pretorius - 2014-06-10 16:36

    Ah shame, I truly hope these kids are working hard on their farms to feed the hungry masses.... pffft

  • leon.vry - 2014-06-10 16:38

    Absolute lunacy!!!

  • Phelamanga - 2014-06-10 16:52

    And in South Africa, Eastern Cape, preprimary and primary school teachers get given 6000 hectares of land which has never belonged to their family. This is all because the one brother is a full-blown Zuma supporter and sits in his cabinet. The question is:Can a primary school teacher or ECD teacher run fully functioning farms, and game reserves? Well, it's not like looking after a classroom full of children.

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-06-10 18:37

      Now let me ponder about that - uh NO!!!!

  • Pete Doherty - 2014-06-10 17:02

    N24 has an agenda. Why are factual comments being barred and deleted ?. Stop trying to use Zim negetive stories to protect south african white interests...this might back fire.

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-06-10 18:38

      If there were more facts it would be more of a joke

  • Phelamanga - 2014-06-10 17:25

    It looks like all the comments have let loose a Zumagabe. Never seen so many thumbs down in such a short time!

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-06-10 18:39

      Wait till there's no food then they will be more cupped hands than thumbs down

      Izak Abual-Qasim Mu?ammad Both - 2014-06-10 19:50

      Just clear your cache and use a proxy to do the same

  • paul.d.murison - 2014-06-10 17:27

    Oscar and Justice need some help. You 2 have no clue ...!

  • David Webb - 2014-06-10 17:45

    Lebogang. So now you want bloodshed? Your comments only highlite your stupidity. Shame... when will you evolve into something with an higher iQ than a rock.

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-06-10 18:40

      I can answer that - NEVER

  • Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-06-10 18:17

    Slim (ha ha) vang sy baas - kry vir julle!!!!

  • Bruce Mawillis - 2014-06-10 18:55

    Kids are the future

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-06-10 19:35

      Only one problem - there is no future

  • Altus Kirsten - 2014-06-10 18:56

    Eat the soil. Your deserve it.

  • Hull Cityforever - 2014-06-10 20:02

    Once again negative zanupf comments receive an unusually high number of thumbs down. Uncle bobs propaganda machine is obviously monitoring news24

      Hull Cityforever - 2014-06-10 21:16

      LOL, Point proven...

  • Peter Schoemanski - 2014-06-10 20:05

    The word "jungle buddy" is now replaced with the word "zombie"

  • Timothy Tanzer - 2014-06-10 21:12


  • Euclide Majacha - 2014-06-10 22:36

    shame zimbabwe,tz from the top Gono 've more than 4 farms and again u 've to be zanu pf activist or war veteran to aquire land n zim. so only zanu pf activist and the politiburo are zimbabweans. Mr president u 've failed us coz u also don't alow pple to xpress their views coz u wil let them killed or arreste. u were aware o this

  • Hein Whelan - 2014-06-11 08:06

    Surprise... and some people said that it is hogwash when it was claimed by white farmers that so-called veterans as young as 15 were given farms. Well, there you go. But, not a hell of a surprised as this Africa after all. Corruption, fraud, maladministration, theft and the almighty race card.

  • Hein Whelan - 2014-06-11 08:13

    I find it utterly senseless to just give someone a farm, when they do not necessarily have the required skill or will to make a commercial farm productive. I myself would love to have a farm, but in all honesty if I were given one today I wouldn't have the slightest idea what the hell to do with it.

      Janet Pretorius - 2014-06-11 14:06

      Yes Hein - that applies to most of us. The difference is whether you have the capacity and interest to find out and then to do something about it. Either gather resources and skills to make it productive, find someone who can manage it on your behalf or sell it. At least one of those options would be showing some initiative rather than letting it lie fallow while the country starves.

  • Henk Van Biljon - 2014-06-11 18:36

    So Zim does not even have the money to measure how they screwed up. No surprise. Imbeciles, the lot of them.

  • Victor Mapulanga - 2015-03-21 12:12

    It took the world some time to achieve the milestones that are today's realities in the field of agric, aviation and science n technology, and in like manner Zimbabwe is embarking on a journey of self discovery by empowering its pple with the most basic of resources in order to progress into the future, and indeed this will inadvertently reverse the so called gains of a previous regime whose dictates was as much regulated by the colour of one's eyes as it was but the same's skin colour. It will take time, a lot of sufferation and unbelievable adversary, and we prepared to take that in our stride, but at the end of it all, the pple of Zimbabwe will be the ultimate victors against the not so dark forces of imperialism. Long live Zim, long live all its pple, Zimbabwe will never be a colony again

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