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Farmers at War in Zimbabwe: South African Farmers Under Attack in Zimbabwe
Family appeals to SA govt over land attacks
Written by SW Radio, UK Zimbawean
Friday, 06 August 2010 12:46
Farmer at War, by Trevor Grundy & Bernard Miller [Rhodesia Min of Info] (PDF) [The Farmer at War was published in Rhodesia in 1979 while the Lancaster House talks were in process. It describes the embattled position of the farmers in 1979 and, even more relevant today, concludes that without the farms and farmers there was no future for the country. Includes photos and a Roll of Honour of Farmers and their families killed up to 1979.]
A South African family farming in Zimbabwe has made a desperate appeal to President Jacob Zuma’s government to come to their aid in their bid to fend of attempts by a senior politician to grab their farm.
Philip and Ellen Hapelt from Grasslands Farm in Somabhula have been fighting for several months to hold on to their property, which has caught the eye of parliamentarian Jabulani Mangena.
Mangena has led a campaign of harassment, vandalism and violence against the Hapelts and their workers, claiming he has an offer letter entitling him to the property. Late last year, the Hapelts were brutally beaten by a gang of thugs, in an attack the family believes was meant to drive them from their farm.
The Hapelts many years ago voluntarily gave up the majority of their land for the sake of ‘reform’, under an agreement that would allow them to remain on their homestead with a small portion of farming land. They also have two Court orders that entitle them to live on the farm without fear of invasion or persecution. But Mangena is openly disregarding the courts and has even threatened the Hapelts with more violence if they approach the courts again.
Philip Hapelt is a South African citizen and he and his family have made numerous appeals to the South African High Commission to intervene on their behalf. Hapelt’s daughter Lauren told SW Radio Africa on Wednesday that their pleas have been to no avail, explaining how the situation on her parent’s farm is worsening on a daily basis. “This is a terror campaign against my parents who are elderly, and time is really running out for them,” Lauren said.
Anatomy of Terror, by Rhodesia Min. of Info [Series of booklets published by the Rhodesian Government in the 1970s to make the world aware of the atrocities being carried out by the terrorist groups of Mugabe and Nkomo. This section consists of several booklets and a selection of graphic photos of the victims of terrorism.]
Lauren has written yet another letter to the High Commission in a desperate plea for assistance, but she said on Wednesday that the South African government’s lack of action has been “abysmal.” “South Africa is in a strong position to bring pressure on the Zimbabwean government to stop this gangster like behaviour,” Lauren said. “It isn’t an unreasonable request to ask them to protect their citizens and honour their obligations.”
The South African government has come under fire for not intervening on behalf of its citizens, many of whom are facing a similar situation on farms across Zimbabwe. This includes Ian Ferguson whose game ranch near Beitbridge was illegally seized by land invaders said to be working for a top Zanu (PF) official. Ferguson’s game has been slaughtered and repeated pleas for help from his government have gone unanswered.
The invasions of the South African owned properties are also a violation of a bilateral investment protection agreement between the two countries, which Hapelt’s daughter Lauren said “is hardly worth the paper it is written on.”
The latest agreement which was signed last year, but only ratified in May, has not been honoured by either the South African or Zimbabwean governments. Kallie Kriel from the South African civil rights initiative AfriForum said on Wednesday that it is outrageous that his country’s government has not intervened.
Kriel was speaking from Zimbabwe, where he has been on a fact finding mission speaking to South African farmers affected by land invasions. Kriel told SW Radio Africa that there has been “absolutely no response to the pleas for help,” which he said was a serious indictment on Zuma’s administration. “What we can see here is that the old bond between the ANC and Zanu (PF) still lingers,” Kriel said. “These past friendships are standing in the way of justice and it is unacceptable.”
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