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Rule of law flouted

Rule of law flouted

International rule of law expert Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC points out the Zimbabwe Government’s continued contempt of court, which begs the question whether it is legal and ethical for the international community to continue financing the Zimbabwe government without calling this into question.

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Ben Freeth's presentation at the Afriforum Safety Summit

Ben Freeth's presentation at the Afriforum Safety Summit

Ben Freeth writes on the lessons of the Zimbabwe experience for South Africa and the importance of taking a principled stand. History is littered with cases of peoples and nations that allowed tyranny to overcome them and, once the slide was allowed to start, it destroyed everyone and everything in its path.

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GDP fell 40% in a decade

GDP fell 40% in a decade

Ben Freeth is anxious as we return to Mount Carmel, the 2,400-hectare farm in central Zimbabwe that his family once owned. He is worried that President Mugabe's 'war veterans' — the thugs who seized the property in 2009 — might still be around. His fears are however groundless. The place is deserted.

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The ruins of Mount Carmel farm

The ruins of Mount Carmel farm

Why white Zimbabwean farmer, Ben Freeth, returned to his farm eight years after it was destroyed by pro-Mugabe forces

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Land nationalisation and slavery

Land nationalisation and slavery

Last week I went back to the grave of my father-in-law, Mike Campbell, on De Rus farm in Chegutu, 100 km south of Harare. I snuck onto the farm, which was taken over last year, on foot. It was eerie walking down the towering avenue of jacarandas planted by my friend’s great grandfather. They were bare without a single flower, nor even any leaves. Normally there would have been a haze of cooling blue in the high canopy but there wasn’t even one pool of blue flowers in the driveway.

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A hungry nation can be controlled

A hungry nation can be controlled

Ever since 2001, a year after the brutal invasion of Zimbabwe’s commercial farms began, the country has been dependent on vast volumes of international food aid. Thanks to the generosity of farmers and tax payers in the USA, the UK and elsewhere, mass-scale starvation has largely been averted, but the cost and complex logistics have posed a massive, 15-year long challenge.

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Is it really so good to be black in Zimbabwe

Is it really so good to be black in Zimbabwe

The State-owned Herald newspaper writes that "Zimbabwe is the only country where it is economically beneficial to be a person of colour.” However, the fact that over a quarter of the black population has fled the country suggests this is not so, writes Ben Freeth

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No food, no plan B

No food, no plan B

SO PRECIOUS are the last grains of mealie meal in Rosina Mpovu’s hut that she sleeps with the bag under her bed. It’s enough for one meal for her, her daughter and the six grand¬children she looks after.

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Workers turn screws on Mugabe’s aide

Workers turn screws on Mugabe’s aide

Centenary Farm workers in Figtree have joined their employer in challenging one of President Robert Mugabe’s aides’ controversial take-over of the property, in what has been described as a test case.

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Farm court battles

Farm court battles

The ongoing harassment via Zimbabwe’s highly compromised court system of commercial farmer David Conolly is impacting severely on his displaced farm workers and on agricultural production, says the SADC Tribunal Rights Watch.

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