Zimbabwe’s few remaining white farmers have lost a fools hope appeal to the Zimbabwe Supreme Court. The Land Reforms that President Mugabe launched in 2000 seem to be coming to their logical end. At the beginning of the reforms 4,500 white farmers were growing crops in Zimbabwe, today a little over 200 defiantly stay on their land. Mugabe’s land reforms were little more than Communist confiscation of private property under the pretext of righting past racial injustices. As is usually the case with wealth redistribution schemes, the land was not given to the black share croppers who worked it, but handed over to Mugabe’s cronies and their relatives. The corrupt bureaucrats who stole the land under the pretext of land reform had little knowledge or interest in farming, and as a result Zimbabwe, once the most agriculturally rich nation in Africa, has experienced complete economic collapse and is on the brink of famine.
The land reforms were accomplished with terror and violence. White farms were invaded by mobs of vagrants who squatted on the land and threatened the farmer and his family with violence if they did not leave. Those that refused to leave were beaten, terrorized, burnt out their homes, and often simply murdered. All this was done with the approval of the state. Once the farmer fled in terror or was hacked to pieces with machetes, the mob that accomplished the deed under the impression that they would get the land was promptly kicked out by authorities. The farm would then be handed over to a Mugabe crony with no interest in working it. Farmers who chose to fight for justice in court were often bankrupted by the costly proceedings, discriminated against by bought or biased judges, and in the rare case when they won, the government simply ignored the decision.
The international response to this injustice has been nothing short of pathetic. Britain, the former colonial occupier of the Zimbabwe washed its hands clean of the whole affair and largely ignored the atrocities. Europe, the continent that that goes berserk any time Israel fires a missile into Gaza, has responded to the slow burn genocide with a deafening silence. Russia, China, the Arab world, and South American rulers have all embraced Mugabe as an anti-colonial hero in the struggle against the West. What little outside help white farmers got was from other African nations. A regional South African court, the SADC, twice ruled in favor of the white farmers, declaring that the evictions were illegal, Zimbabwe’s government refused to honor the decisions, stating that the regional court has no power over Zimbabwe. However just this week a South African court ruled that evicted white farmers can be compensated with the sale of Zimbabwean state owned land in South Africa. Nevertheless, Mugabe has been largely successful in purging Zimbabwe of whites, and ruining the nation in the process.
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