ZIM: Invaders threaten SA farming family

2010-01-09 00:00

PRETORIA — A South African couple whose lives were threatened by farm invaders left their Zimbabwean farm on Thursday afternoon. Dolf du Toit (66), his wife, Alida (61), and their son, Rudolph (38), are staying with friends about 25 km from their farm after a week of drama.

Rudolph was trapped for more than a day in the farm homestead in the Nyazura district.

Farm invaders finally allowed him to leave the house on Thursday afternoon. They also handed over the Du Toits’ clothes and told them to leave the farm.

The invaders first showed up at the farm the previous Saturday morning and demanded that the farm be handed over to the “true owner” — Brigadier Innocent Chiganze of the Zimbabwean Air Force.

Dolf du Toit said he and his wife had gone to town on Wednesday morning.

“When we returned my foreman told me to go since invaders were at the homestead and had trapped Rudolph.”

The invasion comes mere weeks after South Africa and Zimbabwe signed a trade agreement that gives South African farmers the right to insist on compensation if their land is taken over illegally.

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