Zimbabwe looks to reverse Mugabe-era land reform policies amidst economic instability
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- Since independence, the land ownership reform and redistribution of farmland from the white settler minority to the indigenous black majority has been central to Zimbabwean politics, with most viable land having been legally restricted to white owners and large—largely white-owned—corporations in the colonial era.
- The government began allowing for the seizure of white-owned farms without compensation after a period of voluntary land sales, and some militant groups and security forces occupied farms and drove out their owners.
- Following the effective coup that brought about the end of President Robert Mugabe’s nearly three decades of rule, the new government, led by former Vice President Emmerson Mnangawa, has begun returning expropriated land to white farmers in an attempt to stabilize the fragile economy.
“Ululations, tears as white Zimbabwean farmer returns to seized land” (Reuters | December 2017)
“White Zimbabwean farmer get back land seized under Robert Mugabe rule” (Sky News | December 2017)
“Why Zimbabwe has failed to sate the yearning for land and to fix rural hunger” (The Conversation | December 2016)
“Robert Mugabe admits Zimbabwe’s land reform flaws” (BBC News | February 2015)
South African woman slapped with $10,000 fine for racist remarks
- The woman faced charges from the African National Congress (ANC) for comparing black South Africans to “wild monkeys” in a Facebook rant about beaches in the country.
- The Umizito Equality Court ordered her to pay the 150,000-rand fine to charity within 60 days.
- South African hate speech laws stem from constitutionally guaranteed protections against the incitement of hatred and the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act of 2000.
“South African woman fined $10,000 for racist comments” (Reuters)
“Racism: Penny Sparrow fined R150K, community service for Theunissen” (News24)
“SA’s laws are set against hate speech” (Times Live, January 2016)
The Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act of 2000
Zimbabwe looks to black farmers to provide reparations to displaced white farmers
- As the Zimbabwean government struggles to keep its economy afloat, it has toyed with shifting the burden of reparation to black farmers, who lease land from the government, through a compensation fund created through their rent payments.
- White farmers were displaced as a part of a contentious indigenization program that saw massive land redistribution beginning in 2000, promoted as a corrective to the expropriation of land from black families under colonialism.
- More than 6,000 farms remain for reparation assessment, with only 240 white farmers having begun to receive payment.
“We can’t pay: Zimbabwe farmers resist compensating evicted white landowners” (Reuters)
“Zimbabwe May Ask Black Farmers to Help Repay Ousted Whites” (Bloomberg)
“Zimbabwe begins talks to compensate evicted white farmers” (AfricaNews)
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Deadline for Zimbabwe’s controversial corporate indigenization plan passes
- President Robert Mugabe has pushed a contentious plan to have all companies operating in Zimbabwe—including major multinational corporations—comply with a 2008 law to transfer majority shares to black Zimbabweans to “indigenize” their local firms.
- The plan was conceived as a corrective to colonial-era economic exclusion and is a follow-up to the ongoing land reform program that has transferred farm ownership from white to black Zimbabweans.
- It is unclear how many companies, faced with the revocation of their operating licenses, have complied to date, and many concerned that the program discourages foreign direct investment.
“Zimbabwe deadline for firms to be black-owned passes” (BBC)
“Zimbabwe says foreign banks, miners fail to comply on selling stakes to locals” (Reuters)
“Zimbabwe: Diamond firms comply with indigenization law” (Deutsche Welle)
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Latino students outpace white counterparts in admissions for second year in a row in the University of California system
- This year, 30% of the 92,324 students admitted into the nine-school system were Latino, while 25% were white, 36% were Asian, and 4% were black.
- Latino students comprise over 50% of K-12 public school students in California.
- The Irvine, Merced, and Riverside campuses–already the schools with the highest Latino enrollment–added more Latino students this year, while enrollment fell across other campuses.
“As a majority-minority state, where one in two children under the age of 18 is Latino, we simply cannot meet our economic or workforce needs without ensuring significantly more Latino and black students are admitted to the UC, including flagship institutions like UCLA and UC Berkeley.”
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