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End Near for Zimbabwe's Last White Farmers
VOA ^ | May 30, 2011 | Peta Thornycroft

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 Zimbabwe’s 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.

(Excerpt) Read more at voanews.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: genocide; rhodesia; zimbabwe; zimbabwefarmers; zimbabwewhitefarmers; zimbabwewhites
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1 posted on 06/02/2011 7:47:27 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

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.


2 posted on 06/02/2011 7:50:03 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: MinorityRepublican

No justice, No peace!!!


3 posted on 06/02/2011 7:50:58 PM PDT by TruthConquers (.Delendae sunt publicae scholae)
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To: MinorityRepublican

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.


4 posted on 06/02/2011 7:50:58 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: MinorityRepublican

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...


5 posted on 06/02/2011 7:51:42 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: MinorityRepublican

0bama wants to be the American Mugabe.


6 posted on 06/02/2011 7:52:54 PM PDT by reg45
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To: MinorityRepublican

If they, the white farmers, came to the United States, would they be classified as African-American?


7 posted on 06/02/2011 7:54:36 PM PDT by reg45
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To: Lancey Howard

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?’

sigh

What, you still here? Go on now, leave!


8 posted on 06/02/2011 7:54:41 PM PDT by TruthConquers (.Delendae sunt publicae scholae)
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To: Lancey Howard

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...


9 posted on 06/02/2011 7:54:53 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: kearnyirish2

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?

Do you?

HA!!


10 posted on 06/02/2011 7:57:32 PM PDT by TruthConquers (.Delendae sunt publicae scholae)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Whatever happened to Cathy Buckle? She used to post on-the-ground reports from her home there.


11 posted on 06/02/2011 7:57:52 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: MinorityRepublican; Clive

“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


12 posted on 06/02/2011 7:58:52 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: MinorityRepublican

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.


13 posted on 06/02/2011 7:59:18 PM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: reg45

I thought someone tried that and failed; I do remember Kerry’s wife was going to be our first “African-American frist lady”.


14 posted on 06/02/2011 7:59:56 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

http://www.cathybuckle.com/

She is sill there and still delusional, IMHO


15 posted on 06/02/2011 8:02:03 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: kearnyirish2
Africa needs seeds for planting, and books to read,

Do you really believe that will help?

16 posted on 06/02/2011 8:04:09 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: muawiyah
Indeed. Don't stop in Harare Mr. Cloete. Keep on going till you reach civilization. This land is not your land, any longer.
17 posted on 06/02/2011 8:05:16 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: MinorityRepublican

Goodbye White farmers, hello starvation.


18 posted on 06/02/2011 8:05:22 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: MinorityRepublican
When I was in South Africa in the early 1980s, I worked with a guy whose parents were farmers in Zimbabwe. He said South Africa would never get as bad as Zimbabwe. Alas, he was wrong. They should all get out and let south Africa revert back to the jungle their ancestors discovered.
19 posted on 06/02/2011 8:06:49 PM PDT by BaylorDad (I can't always buy American, but when I can, it's not UAW!)
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To: MinorityRepublican

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?


20 posted on 06/02/2011 8:10:59 PM PDT by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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