Spotlight on SA's support of Zim farmers' rights

Spotlight on SA's support of Zim farmers' rights

The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria is expected to rule on Thursday whether former president Jacob Zuma was complicit in supporting the abolishing of a Zimbabwean human rights tribunal.


Various Zimbabwean farmers want the South African government's involvement in abolishing the Southern African Development Community's (SADC) tribunal declared unlawful.

In 2008, the tribunal found that Zimbabwe's land reform process had been unlawful to about 78 commercial famers.

However, former president Jacob Zuma and other heads of state supported a SADC summit decision taken at the insistence of former Zimbabwean leader, Robert Mugabe, to suspend the tribunal's work.

Afriforum joined the legal battle brought by the Law Society of South Africa on whether the government was complicit in supporting the notion to abolish the human rights tribunal.

Legal representative, Willie Spies says they are seeking a declaratory order, declaring the government's conduct as unlawful.

"We want our courts to have a say on what government did in that respect and about the fact that government was actually instrumental in depriving normal citizens within the region of the right to approach a court of law if their rights are being deprived."

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