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.
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.