Elderly SA farmer awaits eviction ruling

2012-12-18 08:59

Johannesburg - An elderly South African farmer who has farmed in Zimbabwe for nearly 50 years will know on Friday whether he is to be evicted from his land, Beeld reported on Tuesday.

Piet Henning, who has owned land in the Chiredzi district, in the south-east of the country since 1965, has to appear in court on Friday "for the 27th or 28th time" on charges of illegally occupying government land.

The "government land" is the stable and original farm of 81ha that he retained after he had more than 200ha of sugarcane fields confiscated in 2003, Beeld reported.

Henning, who farms with his son, Greig, had three farms at one stage, but the other two had been completely destroyed by 2009.

For the past three years, Henning has had to appear in court every six weeks.

President Robert Mugabe's government has been trying for 12 years to drive white commercial farmers off their land, and there are currently only 221 farmers left, from the original 5 000.

"I expect to be found guilty," Henning said on Monday.

The Zimbabwean attorney general and the secretary of justice have told the courts that no white commercial farmer may be acquitted for land issues.

  • cameronrh1 - 2012-12-18 09:02

    Destroying their own country and economy, and biting the hand that feeds them. Sad thing is by the time that they realise there is absolutely no way to feed their people anymore, the white man will be blamed for their own stupidity.

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-18 09:16

      And they are starting to sing the same tune in SA. Just think over here the Afrikaaners wont have their land taken away without blood being spilt

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-12-18 09:21

      Geez Bosepa. You are one ignorant troll. I wonder where you are living now. Most likely in SA because you ran away from the Zim economic meltdown. Crawl back under the border fence you oxygen thief and get a job from Mad Bob.

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-12-18 09:29

      @bosepa. And this is the reason why your "brothers" and 'sisters" flock to SA for food ?? I think not.

      surfing.sam.9 - 2012-12-18 09:37

      Yes bosepa, they do, The Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) estimates that over 1.6 million people will be food insecure between January and March 2013, the peak hunger months in Zimbabwe. This is a 60 percent increase from the one million people who needed assistance at the beginning of this year. WFP and partners are planning to scale up operations to ensure vulnerable households have enough food to sustain themselves until the next harvest. ---- This is food aid from the evil white man.

      Aswatas - 2012-12-18 09:37

      Go Zim......your country is almost totally dead..thanks to your idiot leader!!!!!!!!!!!!

      charmaine.rowlands - 2012-12-18 10:01

      WOW... TWO trolls in one post!! @bosepa.bjampja & Zamani Ndlovu, have you two village idiots actually read what you wrote?? I'm freaking speechless!!!

      Matthew - 2012-12-18 10:19

      The only racists here are you jimbajen.dalton and your two troll buddies from further up. Get over yourself and stop blaming the white man for everything.pathetic

      braam.groenewald.39 - 2012-12-18 10:32

      "There is always a perception that without the white man, blacks won't survive. Well that's rather bull" hahahahahahahahahahahaha wait hahahahahahahahahahahahah pfffffffffftttt hahahahahahahahah boet have you seen Africa lately little man, you and your Brotha's cant even feed a gold fish let alone your selves... have you seen the lines of De Doorns residince standing Bakhand for food after striking and receiving no money... let me guess lets blame that on Appartheid

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-18 11:23

      Jimbajen, dalton. If I live in a country where freedom of speech died long ago, I probably would also write bull like you. Tell Bob not to knock on white doors when he can't feed his people next year. As for you, pathetic is the only word that comes to mind.

      bokbal.bliksem - 2012-12-18 15:28

      aaahhhh, and the ANC and ZANU-PF are comrades in arms. WAKE UP PEOPLE, this is headed south over the border into SA and fast! all whites will be evicted from their lands soon enough. just as they were in Zim. and then EVERYONE, black and white will suffer, as where will your food come from? the whole saying no farmers no food couldnt be more true in SA. Then where will the zimbo's and south africans go to escape the madness? Namibia, Botswana? Doubt it!

      bokbal.bliksem - 2012-12-18 15:30

      and when will people in SA realize, that the current white farmers didnt steal any land! the land the majority of them own was bought! And the africans that hundreds of years ago had their land taken, took it themselves! not saying 2 wrongs make a right, but look at history. They migrated down to SA, they are not from there originally. SA like most other countries in SA is an immigrant country, whether it be from wihtihn Africa, or elsewhere. Stop living in the past you idiots! MOVE ON!

      willie.botha.9480 - 2012-12-18 16:47

      @jimbajen.dalton. Idiots come in all shapes, sizes and colour. You should know if you look at yourself. Idiot.

  • delish7564 - 2012-12-18 09:07

    Appalling state of affairs, I feel for the guy! When the Government is telling the courts the outcome, that it is indeed a sad day for Justice :(

      bosepa.bjampja - 2012-12-18 09:18

      Dude justice is prevailing in that country,i wish SA can just adopt some of their policies regarding land.

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-12-18 09:27

      bosepa being found guilty before even tried is not justice

      mariuskowie - 2012-12-18 09:28

      bosepa.bjampja - You call it justice just because the farmer is white?

      carl.debeer.52 - 2012-12-18 10:50

      Rebel - Bosepa calls it justice cause he is uneducated! No other reason. Had he a law degree (or perhaps a matric) he would know that it goes against almost all constitutional rights. Now I dont have time to explain to Bosepa what Constitutional means (Please try wikipedia for an idiots guide to understanding things). As for the rest of us...well lets just pray Zuma passes from HIV and Malema ends up in prison before anything like this happens here!

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-18 11:26

      Bosepa.bjampja. What are you doing here then?. Couldn't find a spot near the flesh pots of uncle Bob, so you came here to steal the food from the mouths of our own people?

      Billy - 2012-12-18 11:36

      bosepa, do you know WHY there are so many people from zimbabwe here taking work?

      rontheogre - 2012-12-18 14:23

      Bosepa, justice for sure!! People dying of hunger, AIDS running rampant, people running over each other to cross the border to find jobs. This is the payment Zim gets for the stupid mistakes they made. I am glad that you inadvertently see the justice in the position the Zim people find themselves in.

      willie.botha.9480 - 2012-12-18 16:49

      @bosepa.bjampja. Really ? I didn't really think you still get people as stupid as yourself. But you just proved me wrong. And here I had hope ...

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-12-18 09:12

    I thought the farmers were more appreciated in other african countries compare to SA.

      konstabel.koekemoer - 2012-12-18 09:19

      They are in countries that are not run by criminal regimes

  • colin.taylor.9883 - 2012-12-18 09:18

    Sad... a man who has contributed to the economy for 50 years is so under valued...

      Killbot79 - 2012-12-18 12:10

      It's racism from Bob.

  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-12-18 09:19

    I feel for this farmer and all the other farmes who have lost there land due to Robert Mugabes government. All those farms that were so productive and bringing food for the ppl are all destroyed and over grown. So let them starve and suffer Mr Henning, I know it's a big loss to you and your family, but there is light at the end of the tunnel, not in Zimbabwe but in mozambique or botswanna as they know they need the farmers. Once all the farmers are out of Zim and the ppl start starving the first thing they will do is cry and beg the west and europe for food parcels and that when they must turn around and say no, you want this government and you did this to yourselves, sort your own problems out.

  • morrisn2 - 2012-12-18 09:24

    Thats pathetic 2 say the least!

  • megalos.savvas - 2012-12-18 09:24

    You know it is understandable Africa is a black continent , America belongs to the Red Indians , Australia belongs to the Aborigni . The white man (English) colonised almost the whole world. I was born here in SA my parents came here to look for a better life because there country was invaded and still occupied till today (half) because America wanted there hands in there. There will always be Racism , tribalism ,xenophobia religious differences and unacceptance ,its been there since the biggining of time and will be there till the end . I mean every nation thinks they are the best nation and THERE ways is the right way . But there are those who ACCEPT other nations and religion and race . The white man doesn't belong in Africa just as the chinaman doesn't belong in India . The world has grown almost every country in the world today is a rainbow country . THINK ABOUT IT ... Where from here

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-12-18 11:03

      According to the latest finds ALL mankind came from Africa. they went to other lands and now some have come back

      Killbot79 - 2012-12-18 12:11

      Ok, I will move back to Germany then, thanks for summing up where we all should live, only problem is I was born here and Germany won't let me move unless I have a passport you dikhed! GFY!

      karlheinz.sittlinger - 2012-12-18 14:28

      megalos: so in your opinion, non white people in europe should be disowned? Just because they are not white. Thats the problem with some people commenting here...they never follow through with their thoughts from both sides. In america everyone should be disowned except the native indians? What about people that have multiple races in their past? what to do with them...maybe they can own half a property here and half in Europe? Rarely have I seen such a idiotic comment....

      megalos.savvas - 2012-12-19 06:38

      You people listen with your asses , you just post to criticise and insult .

  • mshiniboys - 2012-12-18 09:26

    Government land should not be occupied illegaly.

      talana.malherbe - 2012-12-18 09:35

      Funny you say this because its a white man but the same and more so is done in SA and its ok because apartheid is to blame because the black people don't have houses yet? Double standards my friend! So everyone can now also be evicted off land they didn't pay for in SA???

      Killbot79 - 2012-12-18 12:12

      So paying taxes and buying the land is now illegal is it?

  • morrisn2 - 2012-12-18 09:28

    Poor Henning! Probably thats the only home he`s got, eviction is not the solution rather adds 2 Zim`s woes, God help that country!!

      Mark Chirwa - 2012-12-18 10:05

      he's a south african,if u didn't it can't be his only home

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-12-18 10:10

      Time for Mr Henning to call it a day. Why try and argue with fools? Let these pricks starve. Move on Mr Henning and find somewhere far removed from these ungrateful clowns and enjoy your retirement. Perhaps on a small farm in a country where they see the need to feed their people.

      morrisn2 - 2012-12-18 10:19

      @Chirwa if he`s been in Zim for 50yrs come on he may b a safrican but adopted zim as his home hence he spent most of his life there, period!

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-12-18 09:29

    Wow, and I thought it was only whites that were racist.

  • John - 2012-12-18 09:30

    Cut your losses burn your houses destroy your equipment that you cannot sell and leave the bastards to starve. Relocate to where you are WANTED. EFF Mugabe and Zimbabwe.

  • robes.spear - 2012-12-18 09:32

    The tribal trusts and former homelands created under apartheid must be broken up and given to individuals to farm before South Africa starts tampering with productive farmland. Racists who act like hyenas and opportunistically look with envy on productive land to enrich themselves should be deported to Zimbabwe.

  • carolyn.myburgh - 2012-12-18 09:36

    Troll Bosepa you have no idea what goes on in Zimbabwe so just shut up you are just going from story to story being a racist pig

  • jaco.vanheerden.12 - 2012-12-18 09:42

    @ bosepa.bjampja "He must be kicked!!!! out,he stole that land from BLACK people. " And that coming from a man who wears his underwear on his head in his profile picture ! Crawl back into the little hut u came out of and leave the discussions to people who tactically have brains !!!!

      Sibusiso - 2012-12-18 09:58

      What was that 'little hut' built on?LAND ,and that's exactly what we want returned.We want the land on which there were these 'little huts' and trees from which we 'swung'.We were very happy to walk 'naked' ON that land.

      nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-12-18 10:50

      Are you Khoisan? If not, you are talking crap and need to leave immediately to wherever you trekked from in cenral Africa and leave the land and tree swiniging to its original occupants.

  • kenneth.selepe - 2012-12-18 09:51

    what made this farmer to be there at first was he running away from white goverment and why not return after aparthied. There is lot of land to farm here. So he must stop with capitalist mind. Mugabe will be right to remove him. He must give a reason why not to be evicted. Who was the buyer for those produces. I sure ours here at home. Pack and go

      nic.nomicos.3 - 2012-12-18 09:59

      And the Race Card gets pulled out yet again....

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-18 11:42

      Kenneth.selepe. One is born with intelligence, sorry you missed the boat.

      Killbot79 - 2012-12-18 12:14


  • phillip.mtshweni.39 - 2012-12-18 09:53

    One farmer where I used to go perform my vet practs said to me, Phillip no matter what the race people may be, you can take both black and white pple and put them into your farm to run it but without proper skills that farm wont make it. farming needs experienced brains

  • Killbot79 - 2012-12-18 09:54

    And they keep voting them into power and then flee their own country.

  • thugmuffin13 - 2012-12-18 09:56

    Today I am very dissappointed with South Africans!!! Both BLACK people and white people!!! I'm a 19 year old white female who honestly can say I am not racist and I know A LOT of people in my generation are the same, we are equal in one another's eyes and we hope for the same for the future of SA but there are still so many idiots and close minded people in this country that cannot let go and see what racism is doing to the community! It divides us. It adds fuel to fires! It is absolutely disgusting!!! Instead of mourning for this man's loss of his home, we look at his skin colour then adjust our opinions based on that! When people in this country are living in poverty or when their homes are being destroyed because its on government land then I mourn with these people, for they are my neighbours and it is a right for a HUMAN BEING to have a HOME! Racism is truly a sad and terrible thing! And for as long as it goes on it will continue to add more fuel to the fire! I truly hope I have made atleast one person open to my words even enough to think about it for a day because that's one more person that will help against the fight of racism in our country in the future! Have a great day everyone!

      thugmuffin13 - 2012-12-18 09:59

      Was suppose to put WHITE in capital too! I apologise if I offended anyone, its clearly not what I'm trying to do!

      thugmuffin13 - 2012-12-18 10:02

      Was suppose to put WHITE in capital too! I apologise if I offended anyone, its clearly not what I'm trying to do!

      franknaude - 2012-12-18 10:37

      Amen. My kids are coloured blind and the attitude I see in them and their friends gives me hope. I just hope our generation doesn't wreck this beautiful country before they get a chance to rule.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-18 11:52

      Thugmuffin 13. You are still young and therefore part of the population we hope will be able to see without racist glasses. When I was in exile I met more of your kind of idealists, yet none of them went to shacks and informal settlements to help raise the people there. None of them volunteered for anything as a matter of fact, yet their little fingers wagged and wagged. Come back when you can tell us about your awareness programs, your feeding schemes and your preparedness to help people to see that in the end colour is just a matter of what shade you are. Until then you really haven't anything to say, have you?.

      thugmuffin13 - 2012-12-18 13:01

      Hi Jacqui... Thanks for your comment... But before you make assumptions, I'd like to inform you that I am actually in the process of starting an organisation to help raise funds for children in informal settlements or on the street to buy them toys, blankets etc... But mostly toys, after seeing a little girl lose her sweet in traffic one day and looking like the wind has taken her whole world away, it was at that moment when I realized how grateful she is to have a sweet when I am often so ungrateful for the many luxuries I do not have. Toys for many kids will make them have a friend and companion for life and also keep them safe, as they will not be wondering around looking for something to keep them occupied. I luckily have someone willing to do a website for me, I'm just waiting for things to fall into place. This may be seen as a small thing to the older generation but I AM still young therefore I have a lot of time to make sure things to fall into place and hopefully one day I can something a lot bigger for these people than just handing out toys and blankets... Thank you

  • jan.vanniekerk.52 - 2012-12-18 09:56

    There is no respect north of the Limpopo. It seems that they do not know how to show respect. Respect is to rise in the presence of the elderly. Respect is to listen when elderly people talk, not to talk down to them and interrupt whatever they want to say. Respect is not just for your friends: you need to respect your enemies too, especially if you in the wrong to have made them an enemy.

  • zubair.ebrahim.39 - 2012-12-18 10:08

    Spare a thought for the Palestinians!!!! they been going through this for years now. and when they fight back they called terrorist.

      Killbot79 - 2012-12-18 12:16

      Shut up, we live in SA not Palestine idiot

      zubair.ebrahim.39 - 2012-12-18 14:57

      Killbot79 clearly u an ass. the article is about zim not SA. i are not an english speaker

      zuma.compound - 2012-12-18 15:15

      The Palestinians are parasites, just like our parasites.

  • Mvuselelo Mnguni - 2012-12-18 10:12

    Its not about Farms,or White people,its a land issue,if U dont own the land in your country,then its a mickey mouse freedom and independence.Land issue..

      Killbot79 - 2012-12-18 12:17

      Nope, it's a white thing, Bob is racist.

  • Desilusionada - 2012-12-18 10:21

    @bosepa.bjampja I f I have to live for 1 000 000 years, the constant emotion that I would feel over that period would not be 0.00000000000001% of the total contempt I have for you, your FB content and your comment......

  • franknaude - 2012-12-18 10:24

    It's sad to see the discussions in this and other SA forums. My faith teaches me that not one of us is better than the other. What happened to "love your neighbor as thyself"? We should be more sober and reflective in what we say and should learn and demonstrate more humility and concern for our fellowman and his or her views. We are better together and, for better or worse, we built an imperfect but great country - together. Before you talk so lightly about war, take your loved ones to Syria for a week. Been there, done that. Let's move to higher ground.

      Bob - 2012-12-18 10:52

      My faith teaches me that not one of us is better than the other. Christianity? Yeah except some of us are scum who must relinquish ourselves to a life of being a slave, that women are inferior to men and god wants husbands to beat their wives when they talk back, that gays must be killed and that Jews are god's favoured race. Sounds like you need to read your holy book properly. You can't preach equality and at the same time follow an Abrahamic religion.

  • ulandi.potgieter - 2012-12-18 10:24

    My word I'm shocked at this story and by some of the comments that have read. On this long weekend that just went by my mother and I took my 2yr and 4mth old Daughter to Durban Beach front and to be honest we were the only 3 Whites and +/- 10 Indians to the 100's of blacks but we still had fun and the children were playing nicely and what gets me is the children see no colour its more the adults.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-18 11:56

      Ulani.potgieter. It reminds me of the time when someone asked our son about his black friend. Our son was quite bewildered because up to that point he never bothered to see the difference in skin colour. Where and when did we loose this innocence?.

      ulandi.potgieter - 2012-12-18 12:13

      that is so true Where and When did we loose it?.

  • khalidah.karan - 2012-12-18 10:30

    He should have never have left south africa,zimbabwe was a ticking time bomb ever since mugabe came to power.

  • emm.emm.58 - 2012-12-18 10:56

    You can take him out the bush ....

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-12-18 11:00

    Seems the moderator does'nt like to hear the truth. Just short and sweet, if all the whites left africa, then africa would go to ruin. The black people are unable to live together in peace, they would starve, they would continue to breed like flies, not deterred by HIV. Cities and towns would decay and all the filth will be a breeding place for rats, desease will break out and then they will cry to the western world to save them. Is'nt this what we have already seen in lots of parts of africa, but they never learn, remember, you make your own destiny so becareful of what you wish for. A piece of land without an experience farmer is worthless in times of great hunger. Its the same as a watch dogs without a bark.

      iamdanayi - 2012-12-19 14:19

      Idiot. The problem is more to do with people like you buying into and cultivating that all Africans are useless mentality amongst Africans. White people will never leave Africa. They need it.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-18 11:19

    Is this what is waiting for us?.

  • jason.evetts.5 - 2012-12-18 11:57

    @bosepa bjampja, your on every single of these stories commenting that you agree with what they are doing or some other racial injustice that you think is plausible, you are the like that bring this country to its knees because of your idiocy! this is a beautiful country that has so much potential, but the likes of you tear it away like a selfish child, wake up before its to late.

  • magwaza.mfundo - 2012-12-18 12:51

    Zim land belongs to Zimbabweans, evict him!!WE need leaders like Robert in SA. Our country in in urgent need of land reform..Our leaders must stop kissing European Ass..

      morne.landman.71 - 2012-12-18 15:50

      Reenboog nasie se moer!

  • Sulette Behnke - 2012-12-18 14:45

    We pray for a better outcome. We know how many mouths you fed trough your farms ( regardless of colour ) and we know about the food crisis because these idiots haven't got the experience to farm on their own. May Youre path be blessed regardless. And may people begin to see the light and benefit of you're work. ( As for you opposing dimwits, you'll soon change your mind if you're paying R100 for a bread!)

  • steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-12-18 14:52

    Wow, it's amazing what can spark such a response. ZimBOBwe is a cock-up of note and that is a well-documented fact. Mr Henning, you are farting against thunder. Rather move on to another place in the sun where your talents will be appreciated. But before you go, destroy and burn everything on that farm. Leave nothing for those ungrateful fools. Best of luck sir.

  • nthabiseng.malebane.7 - 2013-03-13 14:42

    Juicing from the comments here below there is still so much hatred amongst races not only in SA but worldwide . Why can't we for once stop looking at issues from racial divides but start to analyze them from human perspective? Yes there are so many things that have happened since forever but the reality is us as humans are in no position to reverse all of those, can we not move on and start rebuilding the human society? Is it so difficult to acknowledge and right the wrongs that have been committed by all our forefathers,not by repeating the same mistakes they have made which I think they have/will answer for, but build a workable relationship amongst the human race , we need to do what we all feel comfortable and agree with that it is right for us and is acceptable in the eyes of the almighty creator. Tearing each other apart like the comments posted below suggest is definitely not the way. Cease fire good people let us begin to love each other and make this world a better place to live and cherish for all.

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