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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Deutsche Welle by Thuso Khumalo & Sella Oneko.]

In the early 2000s their farms were forcefully seized. Over 18 years later, Zimbabwe’s white farmers are still seeking compensation. Now they are suing South Africa for helping Robert Mugabe suppress their case.

Ben Freeth is one of the farmers who lost everything during the land evictions in the early 2000s. “It was chaos all around and there was tremendous fear in the land. We were abducted and tortured and sadly my father-in-law was very badly beaten in the process and never recovered and later died.” He says memories of those brutal events are still fresh in his mind.

Freeth became one of the most prominent activists among Zimbabwe’s white farmers. Many at the time were scared to act against the government, he remembers. But he, his family, and a small group of other farmers decided to sue the Zimbabwean government.

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South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.5% y/y in May 2019 (CPI) & +6.4 y/y in May 2019 (PPI)
-3.2% q/q (1st quarter of 2019)
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