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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There’s a big big difference given the racial makeup here. An interesting historical question, can a racial minority, or coalition of racial minorities, successfully cower, bully, and intimidate a larger cohort with occupancy rights into submission. And if they can, how long can it last? Oh, and the cultural identity can never be taken away. Look at the Balkans. Look at Russia.
Where’s Obama’s no-fly zone over Zimbabwe?
I am in complete agreement with you; someone asked about apartheid in Rhodesia, and I answered to the best of my knowledge.
Mozambique approached Portugal years after independence, to see if they would administer it again; Portugal declined. They’re weren’t fools.
As they said, they should have moved 10 years ago.
Besides the legalized discrimination against “white” & Asian men (in jobs, promotions, education), there are the constant anti-family, anti-Christianity messages of the government & its media (FWIW, this pre-dates Barack Obama). I constantly receive advertisements from banks and other businesses (and my alma mater) looking for my money, but they aren’t willing to show a face that looks like mine on their literature. They’ve created a fantasy world where everything is run by wise women and black men, the wishful thinking of their non-existent utopia (that certainly isn’t the reality of any workplace I’ve been in); we’re just spectators. I understand what they’re trying to accomplish; I don’t think they understand what they did accomplish. To think they’ll motivate me about an “enemy” halfway around the world, when my enemies are here, is silliness; if “my enemy’s enemy is my friend”, then who should I be rooting for?
“...farmers attend a meeting of white commercial farmers in capital Harare”
Dunno why they’re still there.
The need to get whatever money they might have out of the country, destroy the farm equipment and infrastructure, and RUN!
“Mozambique approached Portugal years after independence, to see if they would administer it again; Portugal declined. “
That’s interesting - do you have a link to more information?
As for other concerns about people near the Equator, many Americans have had their children permanently and officiously stolen by the globally concerned for no more reason than carrying their own water in containers while building their own water systems.
What do you mean?
Jimmy Carter happened.
No-one ‘abandoned’ Rhodesia: they chose to become independant. More power to them.
But look what happened. The Rhodesians had Mugabe foisted onto them by America. Right in the middle of the cold war Rhodesia was forcibly converted into a murderous kleptomarxist state which even today starves and kills its own people. Not one of America’s greatest foreign policy coups.
But don’t let actual history interfere with your blinkered anti-British bigotry.
I’d sow my acres with salt in the middle of the night then leave the country.
Blacks have proven in Africa, they aren’t up to the task of running countries. Whites need to remove themselves completely from Africa and let the blacks have it.
An old poll, but I'm sure the numbers are even worse now. How he's remined alive this long is a wonder.
I don’t think the salt would be necessary.
I wish those farmers good luck and hope that they would take 2 of each species of animal with them when they get on the boat...
Oh, it would help all right. The problem is that so little of what is funneled in there, mostly by the US gooberment ever gets down to the people who need seed and books.
Just like the Progressive we know as FDR tried to do. Look for 0 to try the same.
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