Court Rules Expropriation ‘Invalid’

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By Catherine Sasman

WINDHOEK

In what is now considered a “test case” for Government’s rollout of its expropriation of farmland, the High Court in Windhoek last week ordered in favour of foreign landowners who sought relief from the court to have their farms restored to them.

Judge Sylvester Mainga ordered that the decision by the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement to expropriate the farms Gross Ozombutu, Okozongutu West, Welgelegen and Heimaterde in the Otjozondjupa Region, be set aside after the ministry and the Land Reform Advisory Commission “failed to comply with several … requirements” of the Agricultural (Commercial) Land Act.

The court further ordered that Government should pay the costs of applicants G??????’??

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