AfriForum instructed the sheriff of Cape Town on Tuesday to attach a luxury property of the Zimbabwean government on behalf of Zimbabwean farmers.
“This follows a legal battle spanning several months, undertaken by AfriForum on behalf of farmers in Zimbabwe, which forms part of AfriForum’s civil sanction campaign against Zimbabwe,” it said.
After the Southern African Development Community Tribunal ruled in favour of 79 Zimbabwean farmers that the Zimbabwean government’s land-reform programme was racist and unlawful, and the rejection of the ruling by Robert Mugabe, the tribunal followed up with a contempt ruling and costs order in June last year.
“On February 26 2010, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria registered these rulings in South Africa. They are now rulings of a South African court and as such the cost order is a judgement that can be executed locally,” Willie Spies, a former Freedom Front Plus MP and a legal adviser of the group, said.
Spies added that AfriForum regards it as its duty to hold the South African government to these commitments. More particulars of future legal and civil action will be announced in due course, he said. — I-Net Bridge