s.a ambassador to zimbabwe 13-10-11.pngSouth African Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Ambassador Vusa Mavhimbela has raised his government’s concerns over the indigenisation and economic empowerment policy and alleged farm invasions, which he said are being carried out on land belonging to South African white farmers in Zimbabwe.

Addressing journalists after paying a courtesy call on Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in Harare, Ambassador Mavhimbela said his government is deeply worried about the way indigenisation and economic empowerment has been carried out as raised by some South African companies operating in the country.

“We don’t have a problem with indigenisation because its a law of the country, but we are concerned with the manner it is being carried out and one of pertinent issues we raised was our concern about the manner farm invasions are taking part in this country,” said Mr. Mavhimbela.

He said his government is also worried about the alleged reports of recent farm invasions by people with no offer letters whom he said are targeting South African farmers.

However, in a telephone interview, the Zimbabwe Republic Police Spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Wayne Bvudzijena said police are not aware of any new farm invasions save for some beneficiaries in possession of offer letters who are yet to take up their pieces of land.

This comes at a time when the MDC-T has launched a bid in Parliament to stop the indigenisation programme.

Meanwhile, the government has launched the inaugural Community Share Ownership Trust in Chegutu where ministers from the two MDC formations were conspicuous by their absence.

The issues of indigenisation and land reform have taken centre stage in Southern Africa as most liberation movements fought colonial governments in order to wrestle control of their natural resources.

In South Africa, the debate on indigenisation and land reform rages on with the likes of the ANC Youth League President, Julius Malema leading the fight for indigenisation.