Court says order to compensate Zimbabwean farmer was wrong

2011-04-04 14:33

A high court order that the South African government must compensate a Zimbabwean farmer for land invasions was wrong in law, the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled today.

“When the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ordered the South African government to compensate Mr [Crawford] Von Abo for the losses he suffered in Zimbabwe at the hands of that government, it made vital mistakes of law.

“This is the conclusion reached by the Supreme Court of Appeal in a judgment delivered this morning [Monday],” the court said in a media summary posted on its website.

“The court recognised that the South African government’s response to Mr Von Abo’s numerous requests for diplomatic protection was inappropriate.

“Despite that conclusion it found that the breach of the duty to respond appropriately to Mr Von Abo’s request could not legally give rise to liability for damages caused by the Zimbabwean government’s violation of Mr Von Abo’s human rights.”

A Free State businessman, Von Abo built up a large farming enterprise over 50 years in Zimbabwe, but was left penniless when his 14 farms were virtually destroyed by land invasions.

He has, since 2008, tried to get the South African government to take diplomatic steps to address the violation of his rights in Zimbabwe.

In February 2010, the high court found that the South African government had a constitutional obligation to provide diplomatic protection and ordered that it had 60 days to take all necessary steps to have Von Abo’s violation of rights by Zimbabwe remedied.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. 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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Audit Senior / Bookkeeper to Trial Balance

Cape Town Southern Suburbs
Placement Point (Pty) Ltd
R15 000.00 - R21 000.00 Per Month

Sales Representative- Knysna

George - Knysna
George Employment Consultants
R15 000.00 Per Month Per Month

Key Accounts - IT

Southern Shore Recruitment
R15 000.00 - R25 000.00 Per Month

Property [change area]

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


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 network.


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.