Zim farmer prays for land official

2012-06-21 11:09

Johannesburg - Zimbabwean farmer Henry Jackson has been praying for the health of the land commissioner who ordered him to leave his farm, according to a report on Thursday.

Jackson first drew attention in May this year, with the conciliatory stance with which he reacted to aggressive attempts to evict him from his farm.

On Facebook earlier this week, Jackson said he had heard that the land commissioner, a Mr Shoko, had had a light stroke, and that when he heard about it, he felt that God wanted him to say a prayer.

He went to Shoko's office, where he was ushered into a room to see the commissioner, who was seated at a table with 12 other people, reported Beeld newspaper.

Jackson told Shoko that he had heard about his illness, and asked if he could pray for him.

After Shoko agreed, Jackson placed his hands on him and asked God to heal his illness, after which Shoko reportedly said, "Thank you, Mr Jackson, and may God bless you."

Jackson said on Wednesday that it looked as though the farm eviction issue could still be resolved in his favour.

The man who was supposed to take over his farm has not been seen for weeks.

According to the original agreement, Jackson was given a three month period to leave his farm, of which one month still remains.

  • Felix - 2012-06-21 11:21

    Beat them with kindness.

      mmanonose - 2012-06-21 11:45

      My Opinion? Land for everyone, black, white, pink or blue. Why not co-exit? Lets share. Problem in Zimbabwe was that a singe farmer would own 4 or 5 farms (An example of G. Knot from Mberengwa - Unfortunately he lost all) and not willing to let go of even just one and that angered the old man. If this man has one farm, I pray that no one touch his land. He has the right to farm it. Its his only.....

      kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-06-21 12:31

      Mat 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

      dawood.timol - 2012-06-21 12:52

      @ Mkanya precisely the farmer holding on to multiple farms..if u've been to Zim, u'll notice farms along the national roads lying free of crops or stock, since the 70's , and every 50 to 60 km's u'll find game in small pockets..The british did not abide by their promises made in the late 70's of sharing land at the end iof the 80's , hence the frustration attempted nationalisation..yes the farmers feed the nation, but they cannot hold on to 98% of the land that was stolen from the natives during the colonial era..this only forces them to hold a gun to the head of the govt. and black population..the white population needs to learn the secret word of "SHARE," but i would'nt bet on that.

      Felix - 2012-06-21 13:02

      @dawood *hug*

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-06-21 13:09

      A farmer myself, I think you guys oversimplify the one farm or many farm scenario. I'm a one farm man, happy with what I have. (Its a small farm) I do however depend on the bigger guys - they are the only ones who can afford to build packhouses, have big trucks to transport, and create markets for our produce as they have enough volume to interest buyers. So before you have first hand experience of farming reality, don't make demands which if achieved hurt the smaller farmers as well. We are inter dependant. I am happy to live without managing huge labour forces, spending 90% of my time in the office, hence I don't envy the bigger guys. Perhaps there are instances where some of them are more able to contribute their some of their land to black development - but why would they do this when they see the absolute failure of the 1000's of hectares of land already transferred into black hands? It certainly currently does not seem logical for them to give away land that is then never utilised. All that happens is their employees lose their jobs. That makes no sense?

      mugo.mudzi - 2012-06-24 17:53

      @ Chum Scrubber. I totally agree with what you are saying. I myself being black and one of the few privileged ones whose family owned a large farm since colonial times, I have seen the trials and tribulations of being an African commercial farmer, access to loans for inputs is particularly difficult since there is no history of wealth for these people to back up their applications. Another thing, when are these so called black farmers ever going to ready if we keep on saying they are not ready and farms are lying ideal, now or never, why wait for two more generations? The Zim problem was two sided from the beginning, farmers (white) who were too ignorant to notice the brewing problem around them for 30 years after independence, secondly, a government which supported that status until they realised they can win votes by carrying a chaotic land redistribution programme. Farmers and government were supposed to get together, give up some land before people really did notice how much they had, government was to empower these people, way before they settled on that land. Kudos to the farmer who prayed for the bureaucrat

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-06-21 11:34

    I like the humbleness of the Zim farmers, the same cannot be said here, where farm workers are being ill treated and famers refusing land reform, If i was a farmer I would aproach the land Department for a settlement of on the farm before January 2013.

      Michael - 2012-06-21 11:52

      Do you work on a farm or only imagine hate...more than likely the latter..give them farms to start new aquater camps...thats all that will happen...90 percent of poeple in the Homelands dont even subsistence farm...sou what are they going to do with a commercial farm...i understand land is an issue but the goverment is not doing enough and the yl are only promoting racial tension.

      Dee - 2012-06-21 12:03

      I understand from whence come your sentiments - but you generalise too far to make a valid debate. I hope we see more incentives for SA farmers (black and white) to start / do more agricultural training and co-operative schemes. ie. Impart skills, knowledge and advice before unwilling sale of their land. I hope we hear JZ tell the traditional rural land owners AGAIN to start using their land more productively. (As he recently did). I hope we see the govt set up skills, knowledge and management criteria for anyone / any 'kibbutz group' who wants to own a farm. You see Tumisang - I'm all for transformation, but I also like my food very much - and do not want to go hungry as we would with your suggestion. Farming is a skilled hard, hard road PASSION, and probably more difficult than e.g. salaried municipal work - where we see great service failure in the hands of the unprepared.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-06-21 13:17

      Farmers refusing reform? Where exactly have you encountered this tumisang - most of my experience is of the will of farmers being rejected by a corrupt and inept government. One thing this government hates is a constructive way of creating a black farming community, if the so called land issue is resolved, they will lose a very useful political tool. This government is uninterested in helping establish black farmers - and its reasons for this are quite simply, devious.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-06-21 13:18

      I wish you would read Farmers Weekly to try to get an idea of reality instead of just making assumptions.

      omonaija - 2012-06-21 17:26

      @DEE..I will like to say this to you Maam.You are the only South African i respect on this forum.You are always unbiased ,kind and objective in your comments.If only the other South Africans reason like you ,this country will be a better place.May GOD give you long life and prosperity and may your family remain blessed as you spread your word of love and unity in the New SA.You are my inspiration.

      James - 2012-06-21 18:38

      SO what do you do with the Land, World Bank "The ave African Farmer can't feed himself" Zim unemployment 95% GDP $700 pp pa. Mostly German Aid money} Used to be $10,000. Sorce CIA factbook.

      teboh.rapheal - 2012-08-01 13:59

      TUMISANG.KOLOBE if famers are refusing land reform in south is because of the laxity of africans towards aryans still holding our land.china;india;uganda etc did not push aryans off thier land through negotiation but use of absolute dont negotiate with them for the only language they hear is force.they have put dawn mechanisms to ruine the economy .if you want to push them even before taking the decesion to push them out.we must be ready to face the consequences.AFRICA NEED a more radical approach when we are dealing with is inadmissible african people are landless in africa .while thoes who massacred our ancestors hold our land.we can not be free from the crocodiles mouth without scares.if we do not do this now.future generations have no chance infront of aryan ferocity.

  • thando.moloi.9 - 2012-06-21 11:35

    I see Jesus has returned as the "bible" said.

      Squeegee - 2012-06-21 11:46

      zaathiest, give it a rest. Same old stream of hate.

      Mkanya - 2012-06-21 11:49

      zaatheist why not just shut up!!!!

      benn.sadie - 2012-06-21 12:31

      zaatheist- If you want to advertise your ignorance , why dont you approach one of the newspapers

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-06-21 13:22

      zaatheist - don't be doff, it is the action more than the prayer that has an affect - even an atheist praying for his enemy would affect the behaviour of the enemy in many circumstances. It is a show of goodwill, and attempt to pull at the guys conscience.

      zaatheist - 2012-06-21 14:11

      @Mkanya Your request is being processed. *passage of time* Your request has been rejected. Thank you for your participation.

      zaatheist - 2012-06-21 14:12

      @squeegee.pilot Hatred of what may I ask?

      zaatheist - 2012-06-21 14:13

      @benn.sadie Advertise what may I ask?

      zaatheist - 2012-06-21 15:02

      SO you agree that praying achieves nothing insofar as a godly intervention is concerned but that by implying there is a god to a god believer and that you are praying to the imaginary god will prick his conscience? I fail to see the point. Either you forgive him or you don't. The prayer threat is just nonsense.

  • Michael - 2012-06-21 11:49

    They still going to take it no matter what.Unfortunately you were born as a white person and that will never be tolerated.

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-06-21 11:51

    Oh sweet what a good Christian man. How about this, If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven - Matthew 19:21

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-06-21 12:23

      hahahahahahaha ahahahahah ahahahah

      zaatheist - 2012-06-21 15:50

      Christians have always simply picked and chosen which parts of the bible to observe and which do not to suit their preconceived notions of what they think a religion should be?

      teboh.rapheal - 2012-08-01 13:22

      LERATO.KAY.3 did the book of mathew existe when aryans where eracing indians from what we now call america?did it existe when aryans where throwing africans into the sea alive in azania or south africa?do aryans suffer from crunic amnesia?

  • joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-06-21 11:51

    maybe because his previous prayers weren't answered he is hoping for the same result here?

  • Precious Sipuka - 2012-06-21 15:01

    Zaatheist is quiet sad I must say. If u don't believe, that's ur issue. Leave us and our God and prayers alone. Thank you

      stuart.steedman - 2012-06-21 15:19

      If you publicly post prayers and bible quotes, then publicly it can be mocked for what it is. If you don't like it, keep your religion to yourself.

      Precious Sipuka - 2012-06-21 15:27

      Are u zaatheist. Thank you! If u don't like what I post! By all means ignore me

      zaatheist - 2012-06-21 15:52

      I'm Zaatheist, here to tell you that your god does not exist. Sad, I know, to learn something you hold so dear is a fraud, a con on a massive scale.

      zaatheist - 2012-06-21 15:53

      A little advice: Anytime someone tells you that a man is God, don't believe them. A man isn't God. Even if He existed 2,000 years ago. It's still a guy, no different than Applewhite, Jones, Koresh or even Manson for that matter.

      zaatheist - 2012-06-21 15:55

      Tell me my precious. Is your Jesus a white guy with his head in a yellow light bulb who wandered around unnoticed in the Middle East 2000 years ago doing magic tricks?

  • lebo.moumakwe - 2012-06-21 16:02

    Divine intervention right there...we thank God.

      zaatheist - 2012-06-21 16:15

      Where? I can't see anything?

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