Nestlé gives AfriForum undertaking that it (Nestlé) will no longer buy milk from Mugabe

Nestlé gives AfriForum undertaking that it (Nestlé) will no longer buy milk from Mugabe

PRETORIA, South Africa, October 2, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — AfriForum Media Statement

During a meeting in Randburg (South Africa) this evening, the Managing Director of Nestlé in Southern Africa, Sullivan O’Carrol, gave the South African civil rights initiative, AfriForum, its assurance that from 4 October 2009, Nestlé will no longer buy any milk from Grace Mugabe – wife of the Zimbabwean dictator, Robert Mugabe.

This undertaking follows after AfriForum had launched an international campaign called http://www.nestlebloodmilk.com yesterday, to encourage people to boycott all Nestlé products unless Nestlé were to decide before the 7th of October 2009 to stop buying milk from Mugabe.  In the light of Nestlé’s undertaking, Kallie Kriel, CEO of AfriForum, undertook on behalf of AfriForum not to go ahead with the planned boycott.

Kriel welcomed Nestlé’s decision and described this turn of events as a victory for justice.  According to Kriel, the victory has been made possible by the fact that thousands of people from all over the world have been prepared to send letters to Nestlé via the website http://www.nestlebloodmilk.com to express their dismay at Nestlé’s decision to buy milk from Mugabe.  “This event proves that ordinary people can use their power as consumers to ensure that justice will prevail,” Kriel added.  He expressed sincere gratitude towards all who supported the http://www.nestlebloodmilk.com campaign.

According to Kriel, AfriForum will continue with efforts to make certain that unceasing pressure is brought to bear on the Mugabe regime to ensure that human rights violations in Zimbabwe are brought to an end.

Kallie Kriel

CEO: AfriForum

+27 82 441 5073

kallie@afriforum.co.za

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AfriForum launches international campaign against Nestlé re Mugabe’s ‘blood milk’

PRETORIA, South Africa, September 30, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The South African civil rights initiative, AfriForum, has launched an international campaign calling on people to boycott all Nestlé products, unless Nestlé decides by 7 October 2009 to stop buying milk from Grace Mugabe – wife of the Zimbabwean dictator, Robert Mugabe.

AfriForum has already created a website, http://www.nestlebloodmilk.com, where the boycott action is announced.  The site includes photographs, video-clips and facts about the brutality with which the Mugabe regime represses the people of Zimbabwe.  A link is included by means of which people from all over the world can send messages of protest to the headquarters of Nestlé in Switzerland, as well as its offices in South Africa and Zimbabwe.  AfriForum has already sent letters to these offices regarding the campaign.

As part of the campaign, AfriForum will asks other human rights organisations all over the world also to put pressure on Nestlé.

According to Kallie Kriel, CEO of AfriForum, the milk produced by the dairy farm of Grace Mugabe, is “blood milk”.  Kriel emphasises that Mugabe and his inner circle have obtained their wealth by means of the violent repression of thousands of Zimbabweans.

“Nestlé’s purchase of approximately 1-million litres of milk per year from this farm, which had been “obtained” under questionable circumstances by Grace Mugabe, is a denial of the basic human rights of every Zimbabwean whose blood has been spilt, or is still being spilt at the hands of Mugabe’s brutal security forces and vigilante groups,” Kriel said.

In Kriel’s opinion, Nestlé owes the people of Zimbabwe an apology.

Kallie Kriel

CEO: AfriForum

+27 82 441 5073

kallie@afriforum.co.za