Zimbabwe ‘land grabs’ farmer (82) attacked on Free State farm

2014-09-16 11:29

Crawford von Abo, who suffered huge losses in land grabs in Zimbabwe, has been attacked on his Free State farm.

Seven armed men attacked the 82-year-old farmer in his kitchen on his farm in Bothaville on Sunday morning, Beeld reported today.

He was hit over the head and tied up alongside his 79-year-old wife Bibi, and three farm workers.

Their assailants made off with money and mobile phones.

“Luckily I have never in my life been scared, I just get angry,” said Von Abo.

“I am very ‘die donner in’ [angry].”

He said he told one of the farm attackers who threatened to slit his throat that he was not scared of him.

In 2011, Von Abo lost a court bid in South Africa to secure an order against the Zimbabwean government to pay him compensation after he became the victim of land grabs.

Von Abo had built up a large farming enterprise over 50 years in Zimbabwe, but was left penniless when his 14 farms were destroyed by land invasions.

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