Zim pays white farmers, avoids SA property auction

2013-09-17 11:19

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Cape Town – The auctioning of property belonging to the Zimbabwean government in Kenilworth, Cape Town has been put on hold after Harare paid compensation to white commercial farmers who lost their land during the controversial land reform programme.

Zimbabwe made full payment of $20 000 on Friday, after nearly five years of refusing to respect the punitive order, to a trust account of the legal representatives of 78 farmers who challenged the 2000 land seizures in the tribunal, Voice of America said. 

The property was expected to be auctioned on Tuesday following a landmark legal ruling by the North Gauteng High Court in 2010.

According to Business Day AfriForum legal adviser Willie Spies said the "door had now been opened" for further legal action to force Zimbabwe to compensate farmers for loss of property rights.

Spies said Zimbabwe’s compliance was a breakthrough for justice in the region.

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