Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Mugabe 'has forgiven whites for colonial injustice'

14 July 2014, 14:34

Cape Town – Zimbabwean Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly denied that President Robert Mugabe acted outside the country's Constitution when he said whites must cede all land to blacks.

According to the Daily News, Mnangagwa was answering a question from a senator who had asked whether the veteran leader had not acted outside the Constitution when he said whites were not allowed to own land in Zimbabwe.

But Mnangagwa said Mugabe had, in fact, forgiven the white farmers for colonial injustice that had been committed by their forefathers a century ago.

Mnangagwa said Mugabe did not deny anyone land "whether white farmer or not" and that was the reason why some white farmers still remained in every province of the country.

Mugabe recently vowed that whites will never be allowed to own land in Zimbabwe, saying the few remaining white farmers must go.

Chaotic land reform

Mugabe said Zimbabwe was no country for whites as far as land was concerned, adding they could only be allowed to own companies, industries and apartments.

Mugabe's remarks were described by white farmers as "extremely unhelpful" to Zimbabwe as a country.

A report by New Zimbabwe.com, quoted Mnangagwa as saying Mugabe was misunderstood when he made those remarks, adding that white Zimbabweans were not barred from owning land under the country's constitution.

He said whites were among land beneficiaries during Zimbabwe's chaotic land reform.

Mugabe and his Zanu-PFparty launched the land reforms in 2000, taking over white-owned farms to resettle landless blacks.

Low production

At the time, Mugabe said the reforms were meant to correct colonial land ownership imbalances.

At least 4 000 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.

- News24


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
ODM MP chased down by angry Kibra...

Kibra MP Ken Okoth had a hard time in his constituency after angry youth pelted him with stones. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Prepare for DP Ruto fight in 2022...

An MP has warned that the Kalenjin Community will not stand back and watch as DP Ruto is duped ahead of the 2022 polls. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Be careful who you deal with, DP ...

Watch out for your political future, DP William Ruto has been warned. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Kikuyu 2022 vote will go to Peter...

The 2022 Kikuyu vote will go to Peter Kenneth, a Rift Valley Governor has warned DP William Ruto. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
CORD threatens to boycott 2017 po...

The CORD Coalition says that it will be forced to boycott the 2017 elections if there is no new voter register in place by the time. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Disgraced Jeptoo stripped of 2014...

Organizers of the Boston Marathon are stripping Kenyan runner Rita Jeptoo of her 2014 victory as part of the athlete's newly extended doping ban. Read more...