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Mnangagwa appeals to white minority to help rebuild country ahead of election

More than 4,000 white farmers were stripped of about 17 million acres of land during seizures that began in 2000.

FILE: President Emmerson Mnangagwa addressing a crowd at the Zimbabwean Embassy in Pretoria. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – Zimbabwe's president has appealed to the country's dwindling white population to help rebuild the country in an unprecedented bid to court minority voters ahead of a tightly contested presidential election.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose ruling Zanu-PF party was responsible for the often-violent eviction of thousands of white farmers in the early 2000s, promised a return to rule of law at an arranged meeting with white voters in Harare on Saturday.

He's admitted the land reform programme had collapsed the country.

More than 4,000 white farmers were stripped of about 17 million acres of land during seizures that began in 2000.