SA envoy slams Zimbabwe land grabs

2011-10-14 22:37

Harare - South Africa's ambassador to Harare on Friday launched an unprecedented attack on President Robert Mugabe's seizures of white-owned land and threats to take over South African companies.

The condemnation by Ambassador Vusi Mavimbela, published in Zimbabwe's main daily newspapers, could only have been sanctioned by President Jacob Zuma, diplomats said.

It marked a major turning point in the support the 87-year-old leader has enjoyed for three decades from African leaders for his violent, anti-white policies, they said.

"Some of these things have gone beyond the level of the embassy," Mavimbela told the newspaper, and the situation needed "state-to-state dialogue".

Officials at the embassy confirmed his remarks had been correctly reported.

Nearly all of the 600 white South Africans farming in Zimbabwe have been driven off their land by supporters of Mugabe's Zanu-PF party over the past decade.

Hundreds of South African businesses have been threatened with seizure of their assets if they fail to stick to government regulations issued early last year, forcing white- or foreign-owned companies to give up 51% of their shareholdings to black Zimbabweans.

  • Robert - 2011-10-14 23:19

    what?????? No this is a fake report after all this time. Lobbying for a next term. Really I dont understand politics.

  • craigtjames - 2011-10-14 23:47

    We have this and we have had a comment from government that all is good for the African Union now that Gadaffi is no longer in power in Libya, considering that all feared him. And then of course papa dog turning on puppy dog (Malema) - As per Robert above - I also do not understand politics. Hm Hm Hm - what is happening - ANC worried that they are losing Cosatu votes, ANCYL votes and are now brown-nosing the previously advantaged (and that includes all - irrespective of colour who did not vote for ANC in the past)?

      Grant - 2011-10-15 06:22

      "the previously advantaged (and that includes all - irrespective of colour who did not vote for ANC in the past)? " I love it! Hope you don't mind me using it myself in future.

      Michael - 2011-10-15 07:56

      @Craig why would you find it so difficult to grasp when the government takes a stance like this? Seems to me that most readers here only believe the negative stuff that they read about the ANC. FYI, envoy's are only permitted to communicate the official standpoint of their respected governments - that's common international protocol for ambassadors.

      craigtjames - 2011-10-15 15:56

      Michael, land grabbing in Zimbabwe has been going on since the late 90's. Gadaffi and the rest of the African leaders have been kissing butt since he was born. Never but never has South Africa taken ANY stance against these tyrannic despots. We have elections coming up, the ANC is in shambles within themselves - are you honestly so naive to thing that it has anything to do with a change of heart???? Please man, get a grip on life - seems as if the ANC already got it's grip on you. Exactly what I was talking about - brown-nosing the previously advantaged (and that includes all - irrespective of colour who did not vote for ANC in the past)

  • Chris - 2011-10-15 00:17

    If this is true this change of Zuma's quiet diplomacy is a jab at Malema's own rhetoric about taking white-owned farms without compensation. Possibly it means Malema can stay on as ANCYL president but he will cease calls for nationalisation or any other sort of reform thing has been done in Zimbabwe.

  • Joseph - 2011-10-15 01:12

    I think foreigners according recent reports in our news papers are not allowed to own land in South Africa insteady they should lease it,what then are our citizens doing in foreign land are we backtracking from our previous remarks on land ownership in South Africa.We are contradicting ourselves.We need to have one clear policy,it does not help us to change statemants overnight due to pressure.Are white South Africans allowed to own land in Zim whilst white foreigners are not allowed to own land in South Africa this whole issue does not make any sense.South Africa needs to have a clear foreign policy not contradicting policies,its embarasing for the nation.I think Zim is clear on what it is doing,we need to stop to be nice guys who are loved by the whole world.We have this Chikane who is issuing his own statemant for the nation,the Tutu is doing it on his side hiding in CT,on the other side Zuma is coming up with his own things then comes the ANC and the ANCYL all issuing their own statemants and this ambassador is also gun plazing,who is reprisenting the country among all these people and who must we listern to,what is our foreign policy.Not supporting Bob but i thing the Zimbabweans are clear on land and foreign companies opperating in Zim.Its up to the companies including SA companies to negotiate with the Zim authorities on the way forward of which i think they are doing.This whole senario is a circus.

      mpiyakhe.dhlamini - 2011-10-15 10:10

      there is no contradiction,what you heard refers to future doesn't mean we will be taking the rightful property of foreign investors,now as a country looking for investment we shouldn't ban foreign ownership as such but rather consider it on a case to case basis as to the effect on job creation.

  • kevin.rack - 2011-10-15 01:16

    Zuma was scared of Gadaffi. Now Gadaffi is gone Zuma can now speak his mind. Bwahhahaha ou bangat!! There I though Zulus were tough?? The failure of the Zimbobwean economy has directly impacted the South African economy with instability affecting the markets and the massive amounts of illegal immigrants been a burden on the economy. Well done South Africa for finally standing up to Mugabe or is the South African governemnt cowards because he is frail and dying? What I know is certain comrades investments in Zimbobwe have been devalued and some have been taken over and this had prompted the comments.

      Koos - 2011-10-15 06:21

      You have said it exactly as I see it. The biggest influence in Zimbuggered has a slow puncture and with the diseased despot will go a few decades of poor African style rudderless leadership. There is no other leader with the same influence in that country and Zooma knows it, hence his peacock like bristling of false bravado. Zooma is dumb enough to think that white people fall for his smoke and mirrors like his zombie constituents.

      Michael - 2011-10-15 09:08

      Zuma is NEVER scared @kevin - he is scarred... deeply scarred!

      craigtjames - 2011-10-15 18:41

      @Michael - scarred, deeply scarred? It must be as a result of all the wives - all the women in one house must cause a lot of mental scarring. Especially if you do not shower afterwards - LOL

  • Ryan - 2011-10-15 01:30

    Im surprised the SA government is outraged about Zim demanding a substantial equity stake in firms mining in Zim, when the SA government is discussing the possibility of demanding equity stakes in local mining firms too. hypocrates.

  • Yar - 2011-10-15 05:16

    Too late

  • Anna - 2011-10-15 05:19

    When man follows man for greed in stead of need and those power hungry for might and money all you gain is chaos, famine and violence.

  • graham.trollip - 2011-10-15 05:58

    At Last!

  • Dave - 2011-10-15 07:16

    I would love to see the list of black Zimbabweans who entittled to the proceeds of this law, would the names be in the goverment and government relatives?. The same as the dairy farms he and his wife now own ?

  • Janet Laurie - 2011-10-15 10:11

    Better late than never! Keep speaking up. Thank you :)

  • billidp - 2011-10-15 13:31

    Why is the ANC surprised by this move - nobody else is!!!!

  • jomardl - 2011-10-15 13:48

    There is no such thing as "Zimbabwean sovereignity". The only sovereign entity in Zimbabwe is its dictator, Mugabe, who while masking as a democratic leader, hoards all of the country's wealth for himself and his cronies, then distributes the crumbs off his table to the pathetically grateful peasantry as an afterthought.

  • James - 2011-10-15 22:04

    Look guys like it or not Zimbabwe is going forward in its chaotic approach,enough is enough for long our Nation has been abused in all systems,being looted at will.BHP looted our platinum,ANGLO looted our diamonds from Chiadzwa long before our people knew,tantalite was exported as special gravel,talk of Rio Tinto and Morowa Diamonds so many minerals the list is endless then our land.Ther can never be a smooth transfer of land the South Africans will find out soon.Mugabe is actually being linient,those who dont want to follow whatever you want to call them laws of our land let them ship out.Yes we agree production will be affected in the farms and industries and they will be a lot of suffering but thats no excuse for our revolution for total independence.Many revolutions world over have been betrayed by the Judas Iscariots and Nichodimuses and we no exception,we still have these sellouts in our midst who sing with us in the day and dines with our detractors in the evening.What you all dont know is our detractors have made us strong and every Zimbabwean who did not leave the country during the Amagidon bears testimony to the malicious economic warfare that was launched on our people by the British and Allies with the help from their puppets but we survived when there was no food,how did we manage ? God was and is on our side in what you see as Mugabe's madness.As for the Zimbos out there you dont know what we went through.

      mpiyakhe.dhlamini - 2011-10-15 23:27

      ideology is all well and good,but often many problems we think are new have happened repeatedly before,history should be the laboratory where we test our ideas lest we do more harm than good,look at history and ask yourself what will happen to zimbabwe when food production drops and sanctions are applied by the governments of the companies you want to nationalize?

  • sonet.vd.westhuizen - 2011-10-16 01:55

    But I really don't understand!!, maybe I am stupid?? Is land grab etc.etc not exactly what Malema and his followers are wanting to do, and has done already in some places here in SA?? Farmers are GRUESOMELY killed daily and no one gives a damn!!. Much too late NOW to worry about losing investment as the damage is DONE!! Many more foreign investors are leaving SA. Millions has been lost due to the ongoing threat of land-grab, nationalization etc. Investors would rather go else where, where their investments are safer!. SA is NOT a safe country for white people any more as they have to live daily with the threats of being killed. "Kill the Boer", Kill the farmer, Scared chickens Kill them ALL" sung by Malema and various officials has already seen MANY white's leave. Many more are preparing to leave and that includes us. (3x Families) I see NO future here for our family any more and our taxes will be sorely missed!

  • Adair - 2011-10-16 16:25

    Bit late for the S.A Govt to start objecting to anything in Zimbabwe now that country is in tatters......

  • Cheryl - 2011-10-17 13:27

    Why doesnt Zuma be a man and speak for himself....he is forever hiding behind other people....what a wet rag....

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  • Michael Farrell - 2013-12-20 16:10

    "South Africa's ambassador to Harare on Friday launched an unprecedented attack on President Robert Mugabe's seizures of white-owned land and threats to take over South African companies." This is the same thing all need to fear from the EFF political point of view. At what point do they decide YOUR business should be nationalized because all the nationalized businesses are failing to make any profits? At what point do they simply seize everything as is the case of most communist dictatorships? The EFF is NOT about anyone's freedom they are militant communists.

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