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    Zimbabwe Begs White Farmers To Return As Country Plunges Into Famine

    President Robert Mugabe's regime in Zimbabwe, which has mounted a six-year campaign to seize white-owned farms, is poised to allow hundreds of white farmers to return to their land as the country faces starvation and economic collapse.

    "There could be some 300 whites back on farms by the end of next year," Sam Moyo, a government land adviser, told the Guardian. "Most of them will be running commercial farms."

    Since November, 19 white farmers who lost ownership of their land have been granted 99-year, government-backed leases on resettled farms in a spectacular U-turn by Mr Mugabe.

    President Robert Mugabe's regime in Zimbabwe, which has mounted a six-year campaign to seize white-owned farms, is poised to allow hundreds of white farmers to return to their land as the country faces starvation and economic collapse.

    "There could be some 300 whites back on farms by the end of next year," Sam Moyo, a government land adviser, told the Guardian. "Most of them will be running commercial farms."

    Since November, 19 white farmers who lost ownership of their land have been granted 99-year, government-backed leases on resettled farms in a spectacular U-turn by Mr Mugabe.

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    On a commercial farm lying off a clay-dirt road just outside the town of Kadoma, 74 miles from the capital, Harare, Jim Boethe described how he had been invited back to his land.

    "When land-reform started we had nearly 1,000 hectares growing maize," he said. "It was divided up [by the government] and now we only have 100. But we are happy to be back - we applied for the lease and are waiting for it to be signed."

    In July 2005 Mr Mugabe declared that his land reform policy would be complete only when there was "not a single white on the farms". But a contracting economy, hyperinflation touching 1,100% and food shortages have forced the authorities to allow some interested whites to return.

    "We had to demonstrate to the government that we were going to be productive ... growing food for local markets and not just for export. We grow maize, sweet potatoes and tomatoes and export our paprika," Mr Boethe explained.

    The land minister, Flora Buka, said the government had received more than 200 applications so far from whites to take up farming again. There are only about 600 white farmers left in Zimbabwe, down from 4,500 six years ago.

    After Mr Mugabe was defeated in a referendum on Zimbabwe's constitution in 1999, the government decided to "fast-track" land reform in order to win over a hostile electorate. The process resulted in farm seizures by supporters of the ruling Zanu-PF party, spearheaded by landless veterans of the country's war for independence.

    The UN-funded World Food Programme has said that 2 million Zimbabweans will need food aid in the next six months despite improved agricultural output last season.

    But the welcoming back of white farmers may be too little too late.

    "We know other farmers that have gone elsewhere - Australia, South Africa, even Nigeria. We looked at a farm in neighbouring Zambia too, just to keep our options open," said Mr Boethe. "People have very little foreign exchange to buy inputs now - so a lot of the land is just idle."

    Critics say the new 99-year leases won't do much to boost productivity and, given recent farm appropriations by government, farmers will be reluctant to invest.

    The government is more bullish, arguing that now land reform has been consolidated - with some 150,000 people resettled on to farms, according to official figures - yields will begin to increase.

    But the move comes amid deepening crisis in the country, with Mr Mugabe having announced plans to "harmonise" presidential elections - scheduled for 2008 - with the parliamentary poll in 2010.

    The government says the plan will save money, but critics say it is the first move towards prolonging Mr Mugabe's rule indefinitely. These fears were fuelled when the land minister, Didymus Mutasa, recently suggested Mr Mugabe should be made president for life.

    The proposal has infuriated Zanu moderates, who were hoping Mr Mugabe would retire and give a new government a chance to rebuild bridges with western donors who have suspended aid.

    The proposal has also inflamed a succession struggle after Mr Mugabe's decision in 2004 to appoint Joyce Mujuru, a relative political lightweight, as his deputy - a post seen as a stepping stone for the top job. Ms Mujuru, who owns several farms, is competing with the rural housing minister, Emmerson Mnangagwa, for Mr Mugabe's blessing.



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    Exclamation Re: Zimbabwe poised to welcome back white farmers

    A farmer that goes back to Zim after everything that has happened must be an idiot. In ten years time when Zim's are fed and able to buy petrol you will see their appreciation when they kick those farmers out.

    That's the lesson in african gratitude. Just look at all the farm murders, the farmers aren't murdered by strangers but by workers on their farm and their kids whom they have clothed and fed! Talking about biting the hand that feeds you!

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    Zimbabwe blacks might take control of white-owned firms

    I know that this in not about South Africa but nevertheless this seemed like a good place for this article. This boggles my mind. I had not thought that there was much left for Mugabe to do to ruin the economy but I was wrong.

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Whites in Zimbabwe found themselves a step closer Thursday to losing control of their businesses to blacks under new government legislation.

    The legislation has yet to be approved by the ruling party and signed into law by Robert Mugabe.

    The ruling ZANU-PF party in the Parliament in Harare approved the Indigenization and Economic Empowerment Bill on Wednesday night. The proposed law calls for whites to hand over 51 percent of their business interests to blacks.

    Opposition lawmakers walked out of the late parliament sitting during acrimonious debate, saying the bill was racist, unconstitutional and against accepted principles of equality.

    The legislation has yet to be approved by the ruling party-dominated upper house, or Senate, and signed into law by President Robert Mugabe, its main architect. Those formalities are expected to be completed within a month, parliament officials said. Legal formalities afterward could take months.

    The step recalled the government's order in 2000 that more than 5,000 white-owned commercial farms be seized -- in some cases, amid violence -- and handed over to blacks. The agriculture-based economy of the former regional breadbasket went into free fall after land redistribution began. The nation is now facing chronic shortages of food, basic goods and gasoline.

    The move on white businesses "is scary. It's the farms all over again. What next, our homes?" said the white owner of a small engineering firm. He spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear of drawing the attention of a government that has jailed and beaten critics.

    "Keep me out of this or I'll be the first on the list. I'd be out of here if I could," said the Zimbabwe-born businessman. He said he was looking for a black partner for the family firm but "it breaks my heart. I spent my life building the business for my kids and keeping it in the family. It was my pension plan."

    On Tuesday, Paul Mangwana, the minister in charge of black empowerment, said only whites "disadvantaged by the colonial system" before independence in 1980 were defined under the bill as "indigenous" Zimbabweans who would be allowed to keep majority control of businesses.

    "The bill is not about economics, but politics. It is about the total liberation of Zimbabwe," he told a panel of lawmakers Tuesday. "All blacks fall within the definition of indigenous."

    In the parliament Wednesday, he dismissed accusations the legislation was racist. He said the wording deliberately avoided use of the words "white" or "black."

    Like the farm takeovers, the bill was to correct colonial era imbalances in business ownership by the white minority, the official media quoted Mangwana saying.

    "If a white person wants to start a business he should partner with indigenous persons. We are not stopping anyone from starting a business. It is not racism to correct wrong things," he said.

    Lawyers said whites who argued they were disadvantaged or discriminated against under colonial era white rule so as to qualify as indigenous were unlikely to win any court challenges to keep their businesses.

    Since independence, white political activists and even conscientious objectors who refused to fight against black guerrillas in the bush war that ended white rule have not been favored in citizenship cases.

    An estimated 30,000 whites still live in the population of 12.5 million, down from about 275,000 at independence.

    The state central bank reported earlier this year a fivefold drop in foreign direct investment and loans in the crumbling economy since 2000, with concerns over the farm seizures, ownership rights and human and democratic rights violations being mainly cited by foreign businesses and financial institutions.

    In the economic meltdown, official inflation stands at nearly 7,000 percent, the highest in the world. Independent estimates put real inflation closer to 25,000 percent and the International Monetary Fund has forecast it reaching 100,000 percent by the end of the year.
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    Thumbs Up White Zimbabwe Farmers Seize Back State Property

    Dispossessed white farmers in Zimbabwe have struck back through the South African courts by seizing a property in Cape Town owned by Robert Mugabe’s government.

    The house has been attached by the sheriff’s office after a South African court ruled that it could be sold and the proceeds given to the farmers. “We see it as a way to send out a message to show the Zimbabwean government that there are certain consequences to their abuse of human rights,” said Willie Spies, the farmers’ lawyer.

    Four houses in Cape Town have been identified so far. Their value is insignificant relative to the evicted landowners’ compensation claims but they believe the judgments have huge symbolic importance.

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    Maybe there should be an international investigation into Robert Mugabe and his henchmen. The Riches they stole will not be in a Zimbabwean Bank. Seize all their foreign assets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rooikat View Post
    Maybe there should be an international investigation into Robert Mugabe and his henchmen. The Riches they stole will not be in a Zimbabwean Bank. Seize all their foreign assets.
    That's a good start.

    Then the investigation can be expanded into the domestic and foreign owners of the mining companies in South Africa and Zimbabwe, the weapons dealers and politicians who broker deals for the Mugabes of this world and defrauds the South African taxpayers and so on.

    There are so many crooks to investigate, prosecute, sentence and strip of their ill-gotten gains. Where would it ever end?

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    Will there be an end?

    Yes. there will be an end...Shoot Mugabe, and take all the land, and businesses you believe are involved, and form another white government...Peace will not come through voting. Peace will come out the end of a barrel.

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    Zimbabwe Begs White Farmers To Return As Country Plunges Into Famine

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    Crisis-hit Zimbabwe is begging the white farmers they forcibly evicted to return and reclaim their farms, as the southern African nation’s economy continues to deteriorate.

    This comes fifteen years after the Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwean government seized large swaths of land from white farmers in the country – a move that saw a drastic deterioration in the country’s economy.

    According to The Telegraph, Minister of Lands Douglas Mombeshora said provincial leaders had been tasked to come up with names of white farmers they wanted to remain on their farms. The farms should be “of strategic economic importance“.

    “We have asked provinces to give us the names of white farmers they want to remain on farms so that we can give them security of tenure documents to enable them to plan their operations properly,” Mombeshora said.

    Compensation process

    The report said those who benefitted from the land grabs will in future be expected to pay a small rental per acre, which will be used to pay compensation to evicted white farmers.

    Fin24 reported late last year that Mugabe’s administration was willing to compensate white farmers and to clarify its indigenisation laws

    News24 reports that Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party launched the land reforms in 2000, taking over white-owned farms to resettle landless blacks. Mugabe said the reforms were meant to correct colonial land ownership imbalances.

    At least 4000 white commercial farmers were evicted from their farms.

    The land seizures were often violent, claiming the lives of several white farmers during clashes with veterans of Zimbabwe’s 1970s liberation struggle.

    Critics of the reforms have blamed the programme for low production on the farms as the majority of the beneficiaries lacked the means and skills to work the land.

    History repeats

    The news comes as South Africa threatens to follow in Zimbabwe’s doomed footsteps in kicking white farmers off their land.

    South Africa is teetering on the brink of a race war after President Jacob Zuma called on parliament to pass a law allowing white-owned land to be “confiscated” by blacks without any form of compensation.

    The president’s comments caused outrage among white landowners, with the chairman of a national group for Afrikaans speaking farmers warning the new law will be “a declaration of war.”

    “We are ready to fight back,” said Andries Breytenbach, the group’s chairman. “We need urgent mediation between us and the government. If this starts, it will turn into a racial war which we want to prevent.”

    The Telegraph report: Mr Zuma has lurched from one scandal to another since being elected to office in 2009, and has adopted a more populist tone since his ruling African National Congress (ANC) party suffered its worst election result last August since the end of apartheid in 1994.

    The party lost the economic hub of Johannesburg, the capital Pretoria and the coastal city of Port Elizabeth to the moderate Democratic Alliance party, which already held the city of Cape Town.

    The ANC is also under pressure from the radical Economic Freedom Fighters, led by Julius Malema.

    Mr Malema has been travelling the country urging black South Africans to take back land from white invaders and “Dutch thugs”.

    He told parliament this week that his party wanted to “unite black people in South Africa” to expropriate land without compensation.

    “People of South Africa, where you see a beautiful land, take it, it belongs to you,” he said. Although progress has been made in transferring property to black South Africans, land ownership is believed to be skewed in favour of whites more than 20 years after the end of apartheid.

    Mr Zuma’s comments caused outrage among groups representing Afrikaans speaking farmers on Friday.

    The Boer Afrikaner Volksraad, which claims to have 40,000 members, said its members would take land expropriation without compensation as “a declaration of war”.

    “We are ready to fight back,” said Andries Breytenbach, the group’s chairman. “We need urgent mediation between us and the government. If this starts, it will turn into a racial war which we want to prevent.”
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    South Africa is teetering on the brink of a race war after President Jacob Zuma called on parliament to pass a law allowing white-owned land to be “confiscated” by blacks without any form of compensation.

    The Boer Afrikaner Volksraad, which claims to have 40,000 members, said its members would take land expropriation without compensation as “a declaration of war”.

    “We are ready to fight back,” said Andries Breytenbach, the group’s chairman. “We need urgent mediation between us and the government. If this starts, it will turn into a racial war which we want to prevent.”
    They're living in a dream world. It's not going to be a very long fight and it's going to be pretty lonely.

    They have zero, zilch allies.
    They have zero, zilch outside support and friendly countries willing to lend a hand.

    At the first signs of them putting up even token resistance they'll be crucified in the Globalist jew-media and Western countries will, if necessary, be sure to assist and aid black terrorists against these Whites. Not even other Whites in South Africa will do anything for them.

    And by themselves they're not going to last very long against the combined onslaught.
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    Boers are pretty hardy. It seems they rather die with a gun in the hand then be murdered by negroes.

    Nationalism is on a sharp rise in all Jew controlled countries, they may get more support from ordinary people, as most governments are the enemies of the people.

    They might just be the first nationalist to start a civil racial war.

    Most Jew controlled countries are a powder keg, one spark and the whole Jew global dictatorship blows apart.

    The official Jew media has no more credibility, negroes are having a bad reputation now in Europe and selling the killing of White people by evil negroes might be a hard thing to do.

    White South Africa had a pretty good connection to Israel, don't know what that means. A negro SA might mean a loss for them. Negroes might not stop for Jews. Negroes believe they are white and as dumb as they are they will kill Jews too.
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