White Zimbabwean Farmers To Get Justice In South Africa II

By: Ainsley Brown

As previously reported in another post, four white farmers who had their farms unlawfully seized under the regime of President Robert Mugabe are to seek and by all accounts gain compensation in South Africa. Well, I am please to report that the farmers have indeed gotten – some measure of – justice in South Africa.

Symbolic victory.....they matter

Justice for the farmers comes in the form of the seizure of a property owned by the Zimbabwean government located in Cape Town, this after a South African court ruling allowing this property and perhaps others to be attached and likewise seized. The South African ruling was a move at the enforcement of a Southern African Development Community (SADC) tribunal’s ruling that found that the Zimbabwean government’s seizures of white owned farms illegal and racist.

The property in no way comes close to reflecting the full value of the farms seized but it does represent a very important symbolic victory for the farmers – and yes symbols do matter.


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About Ainsley Brown

Ainsley Brown is currently working as the Director of Trade, Regulatory, Analysis & Policy for the Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA) and is called to the Bar of Upper Canada (Ontario), Canada. His primary role is to provide technical advice on regulatory matters and trade matters to the CEO and team at JSEZA. He holds a LLM in International Commercial Law (with Merit) from the University of Westminster, having earned a diploma in law from London Metropolitan University and a BA (Hons) in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario. Ainsley is the Administrator of Commercial Law International and has an avid interest in logistics, global value chains; economic development; trade; commercial awareness; green energy; rugby; etc.
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