Speaking outside the High Court in Pretoria after a ruling that the initiative could serve papers on Zimbabwe, legal representative Willie Spies said it was the first step in recognising the rights of South African citizens in Sadc.
“I am relieved because to a large extent we played a part in developing our law. The High Court has recognised the rights of parties to the Sadc Tribunal processes to enforce those processes within South African territory,” Spies said.
In 2008 the Sadc Tribunal ruled that Zimbabwe’s land reform was illegal and racist, and that those who had suffered discrimination by having their farms expropriated had the right to compensation.
Spies said the South African government attempted “to a large extent” to intervene, but to little avail.
AfriForum will on February 23 again approach the court to force Zimbabwe and South Africa to register and recognise the Sadc tribunal’s ruling on land reform.
Spies said about 318 South African farmers had been subjected to human rights violations which had left many of them in dire straits.
He said if the next court application was successful, first prize for the organisation would see the return of the farms to their South African owners, or allow them to demand compensation from the Zimbabwean government. — Sapa.