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Zim to confiscate Tongaat Hulett fields

Zanu-PF says the company lied about the size of their land in the Masvingo Province.

A sugarcane filed. Picture: Stock.XCHNG

HARARE - Zimbabwe's ruling party Zanu-PF says it will take over 6,000 hectares of land owned by South African sugar giant Tongaat Hulett.

The company runs cane-growing and milling operations in Triangle Sugar and Hippo Valley Estates in the extreme south east of the country.

An official from the party accused Tongaat Hulett of under declaring the size of its cane-growing fields.

Zanu-PF Masvingo Province Chairperson Lovemore Matuke claimed the company falsely declared the size of its fields to be 29,000 hectares.

He says the land is more than 35,000 hectares.

Matuke told the Herald newspaper that Zanu-PF will immediately begin to allocate 6,000 hectares to landless people.

Indigenisation was a key promise of President Robert Mugabe's recent election campaign.

Tongaat Hulett was threatened with takeover earlier this year for its alleged failure to comply with Zimbabwe's strict laws limiting foreign ownership.