Skip to comments.End Near for Zimbabwe's Last White Farmers
Posted on 06/02/2011 7:47:24 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
Zimbabwean farmers attend a meeting of white commercial farmers in capital Harare
Zimbabwe's Supreme Court heard a case on behalf of three farmers who claimed the constitution excluded confiscation of their land because they bought their properties after the colonial era ended with independence in 1980.
The Supreme Court did not agree and quickly dismissed their application.
One of the farmers, Colin Cloete, a former president of the Commercial Farmers Union at the height of often violent land invasions seven years ago, was one of the applicants.
He, like many of his colleagues, has been arrested, harassed and appeared in court many times, to try to stay on his farm.
Like most surviving white farmers, the cost of going to court to try to fight his eviction has been unaffordable.
Looking back over the long and difficult years, Cloete, now 58, said his struggle to remain on his farm did not make economic sense.
Economically we should have moved off then, at the beginning, as we would have been 10 years younger and that much more energetic, said Cloete.
Cloete said he had begun looking looking for a house in Harare, not least so he could move his possessions to safety.
He said the land invasions launched after Mr. Mugabe lost a referendum in 2000 had hurt him and Zimbabwes economy, and no one had benefited from this except the elite in the ZANU-PF Party.
We are treated like second-class citizens, we are treated like we are still just visitors to this place. My father was born in this country, before Mr. Mugabe, but I am still a visitor, said Cloete.
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These guys best start looking for some other country because the judges on Mugabe’s court most likely will eat them alive given the opportunity.
No justice, No peace!!!
It’s hard to have a lot of sympathy for people in Zimbabwe who failed to see the writing on the wall, the same writing on the wall that can now be seen in places like South Africa and California.
These people are crazy for hanging on; Mozambique is actively wooing them with free land, as long as they hire people there (which they did in Zimbabwe anyway). They should leave with their lives, curse the crown for abandoning them after encouraging settlement long ago, and watch the farm invaders die of starvation from across the border. A hard lesson to learn after investing your whole life in a place, but it is Africa...
0bama wants to be the American Mugabe.
If they, the white farmers, came to the United States, would they be classified as African-American?
California?? only California!!!!
Well, that was a bit pompous!!
How about the whole USA? Don’t you think and KNOW this is precisely what the Ozombie is up to HERE? Why haven’t you got ‘out of the way’ and ‘seen the writing on the wall?’
What, you still here? Go on now, leave!
I wonder what these guys think of those silly “win a laptop, give a laptop” commercials on TV (where some kid in Africa wins a laptop when someone here does in a contest).
Africa needs seeds for planting, and books to read, before they get laptops...
Well, we have the same delusion here.
People who are used to the ‘rule of law’ like to think others agree.
This whole nations power structure doesn’t give a d@mn, yet how many Freepers here continue to think that the ‘rule of law’ still rules?
Whatever happened to Cathy Buckle? She used to post on-the-ground reports from her home there.
“not least so he could move his possessions to safety”
In Harare? Dunno what he is smoking. There is nowhere safe for the eeeeevil white opressor in Zimbabwe
I imagine the only reason they’re still alive is they still have money to pay the court costs. As soon as they’re bled dry, they’re toast.
I thought someone tried that and failed; I do remember Kerry’s wife was going to be our first “African-American frist lady”.
She is sill there and still delusional, IMHO
Do you really believe that will help?
Goodbye White farmers, hello starvation.
I have a great big question...
How come the Lamestream Media apparently COMPLETELY IGNORES this?
Funny how when people of any race other than Caucasian, but especially if they are Black, then every media outlet in the WORLD trumpets something like this as the greatest crimes against humanity... Who can forget the somewhat unified world against South Africa and Apartheid...
So where is the world’s unity against THIS outrage?
I’ve known for decades that the rule of law is irrelevant here as well; no white male has any misconception about how the law treats him in terms of employment/promotions, higher education, or interracial disputes of any kind.
I felt terrible about the individuals lost on 9/11, living a few miles west of the WTC in a town that lost people, but at the same time felt like I was watching a foreign group attack another foreign country that I happened to be living in.
I don’t know that South Africa has gotten as bad (yet); the blacks were begging the whites to stay in South Africa, as without them they literally had no schoolteachers, doctors, etc.
I believe that is why more whites in South Africa are better off than in Zimbabwe; the black ruling class realizes that without them (at least for the time being) the country is doomed. The events on their northern border can demonstrate that for the black ruling class in SA better than anything else could; Zimbabwe’s problems are spilling across the border, and black South Africans are beating the immigrant horde back.
Things change. They should have gotten out a long time ago. Now they will basically have to flee.
I was in Zimbabwe in the mid 80s. The Rhodies then were seeing the handwriting on the wall. A lot of them got out. The Anglos headed back to Blighty or to Australia or NZ. The Boers went back to South Africa. They were all trying to unload whatever they could just to get enough hard currency to bail. The currency of choice was the Kruegerrand, solid gold. Poor sods. They and their forefathers had invested everything in Rhodesia and it worked. Then along came “uhuru.”
They’ll eat, and be literate; it certainly lifted Ireland out of the Stone Age. Without those basics they are just more black people holding their hands out to whites for alms...
1. Water down the currency
2. Facilitate black farmer “reparations”
3. Encourage racial polarization
4. Advocate energy policies that increased energy costs
5. Pursue policies that intend to slow or restrict economic growth
Obama is telling you white people, you may have been born here but the colored world will take back what you colonialist stole. Third world immigrants and the non-western demographic will soon change America. It may be inevitable just as with South Africa, Rhodesia, and its what the non-Jews want to do to Israel. They won't have to fight they will just vote democracy away.
he is...and the worst part is that he has nuclear weapons....now that is frightening
I remember doing a report on Rhodesia in high school, back in the ‘60s.
Back then the place was known as, “The Breadbasket of Africa”.
Now Rhodesia’s name has been changed to “Zimbabwe” and it’s become just another starving third-world toilet.
I wonder what happened?
“They were all trying to unload whatever they could just to get enough hard currency to bail.”
The lucky ones left with something; those remaining will be lucky to escape with their lives. When East Africa gained its independence (Kenya/Uganda), they let British whites leave with their property to maintain relations with Britain afterwards. They were less merciful with the Indians (settled there at the behest of the British), who were forced out with the clothes on their backs.
The lesson here (as in Northern Ireland) is that when the crown encourages you to settle in an area, don’t believe you will have their support forever; they’ll trade your rights away in a heartbeat. Rhodesia fought for Britain in their darkest hours, and was repaid with abandonment. At least Portugal and France fought for their settlers...
I don’t disagree with what you said about the Crown. Question though — where did Portugal fight for its settlers?
The sad thing is I knew one Zimbabwe white guy who came to England. He was completely out of sea there — he was really, like I’m sure most white Zimbabweans were/are — completely African. He may have had white skin but he was African, he loved the continent.
Angola, for years; it was called Portugal’s Vietnam. Even Goa had to be stormed by Indian troops to take it from Portugal.
Can’t say I feel sorry for them . As Forest Gump says Stupid is as Stupid does & these folks thought they would a honest court hearing from racists & communists who hate them with a passion .Yes I think they are in fact STUPID.
Correction : no justice & the peace of the grave is all these folks will have to look forward to.
I don’t mean that their passing will be from old age & natural causes but they will be murdered .
Sadly, I don’t disagree.
It’s just that I remember the blacks screaming that during assemblies I was required to attend. Yet, if they really wanted justice, they wouldn’t do this, or the flash mobs.
They never really were for justice at all.
It makes a mockery of all that they claim was wrong that they continue to want redress for. Hypocrites. On both continents.
on Goa I know more -- the Portuguese refused to give it up -- with some reason, they had ruled for 450 years and intermingled with the populace. In the end they defiantly said no, but they had no choice and no means to keep Goa. The Indian army just walked in.
On familyop's point -- I think US immigration policy is a joke. We send back skilled, good people (these guys are ace farmers) and keep lowskilled labor? Even in the universities, Phds are sent back to India or China or Korea and they improve those countries, but the US loses out.
Is it true that in Zimbabwe and Botswana there was no such apartheid against blacks by whites?
How very sad (understatement).
Thanks for the ping Clive.
How very sad (understatement).
Thanks for the ping Clive.
I can’t say I know enough to answer that truthfully.
I do believe that the blacks in Rhodesia had some issues, but I don’t remember the details.
So, I would rather not post something inaccurate.
There were still a few jurists of integrity until the last decade, That is why these farmers persisted; but the judges were threatened with bodily harm, and they resigned.
“She is sill there and still delusional, IMHO”
Yes, that’s the impression I get. Europeans in that neck of the woods should gun up or get out.
Kinda like parts of this country.
Thanks Clive for the ping.
They have no where to go — many cannot get out.
Blacks flee across the border to South Africa.
It’s like looking into a crystal ball and seeing the future.
Please leave and just let this country starve to death. Is there one African country that has been successful after killing off the white farmer?
Goa should have been Portugal’s lesson in demographics; the Indian population simply overwhelmed them. Instead, they’ve chosen to contract their numbers even further.