ConCourt to hear Zimbabwe application
February 27 2013 at 08:46pm
Johannesburg - The Constitutional Court will on Thursday hear argument on
whether South African courts can enforce rulings made by the SADC tribunal
The appeal came about after the Southern African Development Community
Tribunal ruled in favour of Zimbabwean farmers who challenged that country's
land reform policy in 2007.
Zimbabwe's government was ordered to protect the farmers' ownership of their
land and to pay compensation for farms which had already been confiscated.
Zimbabwean officials ignored two of the tribunal's orders. The farmers then
approached the High Court in Pretoria to have the orders enforced in South
The High Court ordered that certain properties owned by the Zimbabwean
government in Cape Town be seized.
Zimbabwe approached the High Court in Pretoria to have the ruling revoked.
The application was denied.
Zimbabwe then asked the Supreme Court of Appeal to dismiss the judgement.
This application was also dismissed.
The country's officials then approached the Constitutional Court to argue
that, amongst other things, protocol does not allow for a judgement obtained
against Zimbabwe to be enforced in South Africa. - Sapa