Zim judge: Use ex-white farms or lose them

2014-03-05 12:55

Cape Town - A Zimbabwean judge has reportedly told owners of former white farms to use the land or risk losing it.

According to The Telegraph, Judge Nicholas Mathonsi said this at the High Court in Harare as he denied an appeal by a member of the ruling Zanu-PF party against an earlier decision to allow Heather Guild, an evicted farmer, back onto a small part of her land.

At least 4 000 white farmers were evicted from their farms when President Robert Mugabe’s government embarked on a violent and controversial land redistribution programme in 2000.

Since then, agricultural production decreased dramatically and food shortages have continued to plague the country.

Mugabe’s government, however, attributes the food crisis to drought.

Judge Mathonsi described the failure to use land given out under the programme as “scandalous”, said the report.

Turning point

Judge Mathonsi said the policy of land reform was not recreational and that no one could be allowed to hold large tracts of land that they were not using.

The decision could mark a turning point in the long struggle by white farmers to be handed back their farms.

This comes as the country is said to be likely to experience another poor harvest despite normal to above rainfalls having been received during the 2013-2014 farming season.

According to New, experts say a number of factors contribute to hunger in Zimbabwe, with poor agricultural practices remaining one of them.

Unavailability or high cost of agricultural inputs such as seeds and fertilisers, adverse weather and decrease in acreage have also remained major contributing factors.

  • Isme Bru - 2014-03-05 13:06

    Yep...was only a matter of time!Re-distributing anything that you have not worked for or for that matter have no knowledge of, will not necessarily get the same results as the previous owner who has done it for many years and have the knowledge there-off. Hope EFF and others who sing this tune in South Africa will take note!

      William Wallace - 2014-03-05 15:42

      Are you kidding? How long has Cuba been a socialist state and they have yet to take note of crappy conditions over there seeings as every EFF supporter absolutely despises capitalism, yet capitalism is what allowed their Commanding Teletubby to drive a Range Rover of nearly a million rand and wear a Breitling watch of R250000 when he was still the leader of the yoof leeg, happily earning "R20,000 per month". . .

      Mattewis Kat - 2014-03-06 07:41

      Marxist socialism doing its worst! It starts under the pretext of redistribution of wealth by confiscation from the hard-working, who are blamed for the poverty of the lazy. The latter take over expecting produce to magically appear and feed them. Reality produces a different outcome and famine sets in, with the end result a total dependency of the emaciated "people" on their government. The "redistributed wealth" now gets confiscated by the government who eventually owns/controls everything. Poverty forever reigns at grassroots level and the electorate are deliberately kept at "stupid" by a useless education system to ensure they keep believing the propaganda machine. Coming soon to SA! Land claims not reopened for no reason!

  • Michel Konings - 2014-03-05 13:13

    The expulsed white farmers are most welcome in eastern Europe with their skills.

  • Blackbeard - 2014-03-05 13:15

    What use to return the land? How much time and money will have to be re-invested to make the farms viable again?

  • Gareth Morgan - 2014-03-05 13:41

    Let them starve if they are not willing to stand against their "leader" who put them in this position then I say starve . You make your bed now sleep in it ! pity that the poor are the ones to suffer but its also been the poor and the disadvantaged that have stood up in other countries and fought back!

  • kevin.barnes.7777019 - 2014-03-05 13:48

    Really , are you listening to yourself Lindie? Your sense of fairness and delivery are warped beyond belief . I just hope that you are at the sharp end of your proposal if it should ever happen , heaven forbid

  • SunshinyDay - 2014-03-05 14:17

    Seeing that Mugabe was so intent on making sure black Zimbabweans had land, he should have seen to it that said black Zimbabweans were educated and taught how to farm by successful black Zimbabwean farmers. But no, they were so racist and desperate to get whites out of Zim that they couldn't see further than five minutes into the future.

  • Leigh Piennar - 2014-03-05 14:18

    guess where all our excess crops go to you guessed it Zimbabwe and they get given it and the poor people of south Africa die of hunger.

  • Angelo Magalhaes - 2014-03-05 14:23

    Next// Please will all the whites come back to Zim help to feed the povo .

  • Nyce Fellaz - 2014-03-05 14:27

    So farms are taken away from farmers and in turn the takers do not know what to do with them then blame it on drought despite good rainfall season. Dah Classic!

  • Joe Black - 2014-03-05 14:29

    I'm utterly fed up about things being views in black and white. We have colour TV now, but our morals are still monochrome. Lady law should be blind and here it was. A verdict based entirely on merits. It is worthy of recognition.

  • Chol Mabeo - 2014-03-05 15:09

    Mugabe is a talker and not a doer, a charlatan at best. Zimbabweans are very gullible, they will do anything at any given time for Mugabe. So it is no surprise that they are in this the way they are and with no way forward. He said do and they did, and he left it at that.

  • Rimmel Brimmel - 2014-03-05 15:11

    Hahahahahahaha! In your face Mugabe.

  • Christo Boshoff - 2014-03-05 15:18

    @Lindie Vervoerd went for a IQ test and the results came out NEGATIVE!

  • James Herbst - 2014-03-05 15:22

    Lindie Vervoerd cant be a real profile. No human can be this stupid.

      Searcher SA - 2014-03-05 17:05

      She is a troll, even possibly a retarded troll.

      Desiree Rowe - 2014-03-06 09:32

      Searcher that's an insult to the mentally disabled. They at least have brains that they can actually use and try to use to the best of their ability. A troll doesn't know how to use their brains.

  • Sattva2 - 2014-03-05 15:24

    That's a step in the right direction ! If they are not doing agricultural farming on the land, take it away from them !

  • Ria Cook - 2014-03-05 15:31

    Why must the "new owners" be on the farms? They have no idea how to farm.

      Michael Meiring - 2014-03-05 16:34

      @Mpho here for you and all who see it your way words from one of the greatest liberators of black slaves the world has ever known: * You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. * You cannot help little men by tearing down big men. * You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. * You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. * You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money. * You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. * You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn. * You cannot build character and courage by destroying men's initiative and independence. * You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves. Enough said.

      Unknown - 2014-03-05 16:34

      Land only belongs to those who maximise it. Because they have the money to buy it and make it feasible. So no, if you steal the land it does not belong to you because previous generations lived there.

      Ria Cook - 2014-03-05 17:37

      So Michael, you think one can just sit on the farm "because it is yours" and you do not have to do any farming? Typical.

      Michael Meiring - 2014-03-05 19:05

      @Ria I actually agree with you

  • Handy Andy - 2014-03-05 16:24

    Lindie, the reason why so many words your hear does not makes sense to you, is because you are an idiot. there, I hope i helped to clarify the confusion to you.

  • Cattle Class - 2014-03-05 18:10

    Stupid is as stupid does and let's be honest you don't get much more stupid than ZANU PF and their illegitimate bastard child, the EFF. Failed policies preached by morons!

  • Jacques Kleinhans - 2014-03-05 18:21

    You see, you can't just take it all away and give it to some random person and think all will be well. Huh-uh, nee wat, aikona. EFF wants SA to become 'Zimbabwe version 2.'

  • Jenny Nel - 2014-03-05 18:48

    No matter how you look at it, Zimbabwe is a tragedy. What used to be the "bread basket of Africa", a beautiful country with major exports, is now a dust bowl. A hole in the ground. A comic strip. Zimbabweans have had to stream across the border to eke out a living as exploited illegal immigrants here in SA. If that is what the EFF calls economic freedom, then they are thick as planks. We all know, however, that economic freedom is just code for "getting a seat on the gravy train and my fists back into the state coffers". Robert Mugabe has turned a beautiful country into a wasteland. Zuma is doing the same.

  • Rudi Mzu - 2014-03-05 18:53

    Someone is hacking this page .. there is NO WAY that many negative or thumbs downs can appear against such logic.. Plonker whoever you are .. here more you're a sad excuse for an "any" coloured skin !! IDIOT !! there I feel way better !!

      Rene Cherry - 2014-03-06 08:02

      I agree Rudi, I reckon it is the News24 team, and they are hyper pigmented, I had 14 thumbs down, and I made a fair comment.

      Antony John - 2014-03-07 11:44

      Definitely an EFF supporter working for News24. I've noticed, in the past too ,any article regarding Robert Mugabe and the likes and dislikes are totally skewed. Maybe a pro Mugabe Zimbabwean working at News24. Either way it needs to be reported, that's not fair portrayal of people's thoughts.

  • Rustic - 2014-03-05 19:15

    Give the farms back to Britain.

  • Jason Marshall - 2014-03-05 21:43

    So sad, yet SA cannot learn from this. They spend billions of rands in TAX money to relocate land. So effectively using money that could be used for economic growth and job creation, and wasting it on giving away land to previosuly disadvantaged people who has no clue what farming is about. Not only are you creating a food shortage, you taking away jobs and growth!!

  • Raymond Van Den Brink - 2014-03-06 01:02

    The blacks only practice "subsistance farming". That means he only farms enough for himself and his family. The rest of his land lays idle.

  • Rene Cherry - 2014-03-06 07:52

    Can anyone please make sure malema reads this article. Or could ANYONE out there PLEASE READ it TO him, and explain the dynamics of farming= food not free land with boggerol food.

      Jason Marshall - 2014-03-07 16:29

      To the 55 who did not like this statement, write it down somewhere. One day when Malema like Bob has run the country down I want you to read this again. Maybe then it will make more sense. Surely history is there to learn from. We cannot just live for the now, we need to think about tomorrow and how we got here.

  • Katriena LG 1982 - 2014-03-07 11:41

    And so they only realize now that it was a mistake, after poverty came and Zim is battling for food and gets food from other countries as Mugabe is to much of an a hole to stand down and give the next person a chance to make it right from what he did wrong.

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