URGENT PRESS RELEASE: WHITE FARMER SHOT IN THE HEAD IN CHEGUTU AREA, ZIMBABWE

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Harare, Zimbabwe-2010, October 29

A 67 year old white farmer, Kobus Joubert was shot (on Monday 25
October 2010) at his Scotsdale farm in Chegutu, west of Harare. The
farmer heard her wife screaming in the bathroom, as he go to
investigate he was shot by a man right in the head.

The murderers got away with Cell phones and $10 000 but failed to get
a Laptop which they demanded. This was not the first incident the
Jouberts suffered government persecutions. In 2008 Joubert was
attacked by a mob of ZANU PF militias who needed his farm.  ZANU PF
government of President Robert Mugabe has declared that white farmers
are “enemies of the people.” Therefore many farmers have been
targeted, beaten, tortured and murdered by war veterans, militias and
hired assassins.

The Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers Union (CFU)  state’s, “The shooting at
point blank range of another white farmer in the Selous district (near
Chegutu) of Zimbabwe again highlights the deteriorating situation
currently being faced in the rural farming areas. This is a symptom of
the flagrant disregard for the rule of law in these areas over the
last ten years and the Commercial Farmers’ Union of Zimbabwe urgently
requests that the authorities take immediate action.”
In 2009 Mike Campbell, 76, was attacked by ZANU PF. The youths gave
him 10minutes to pack away his belongings and vacate his farm. The
bloodthirsty youths told Campbell that they did not care about the law
or the police. ‘We are taking over.’

In June 2008 Mr Campbell, his wife, Angela, and Mr Freeth were
abducted by the war veterans who severely assaulted them for five
hours.
In May 2008 Farmers, William and Annette Rogers were attacked by ZANU
PF militias at Chegutu Extension Farm. Mr. Rogers said, “They told me
that l had two minutes to vacate my property otherwise they will send
the mob there and the house is not worthy sacrificing my life for
because we would lose our lives. They said they (ZANU PF mob) were
like hungry lions.”

The Rogers were tied up, kicked and beaten. Mr. Rodgers was having his
fit burnt by cigarettes. “We got to the Chegutu Police Station…No
police personnel of any authority seemed to show interest in taking
our statement.”
On 23 October 2010 in Nyazura east of Harare farmer Van Rensburg who
owns Rubeni Farm was ordered by a Colonel from 3 Brigade Army
Headquarters to vacate the property within 72 hours or face eviction.

The CFU criticized the grabbing of commercial farms “beneficiaries of
the farms and their hired thugs are taking the law into their own
hands, breaking into homesteads using bolt cutters and locking the
owners out, leaving them with nothing but the clothes they are
wearing.” ZANU PF government has defied SADC tribunal ruling in
Namibia which ordered it not to interfere with farming activities.

The News Week Reports, “Freeth wrote an open letter that was widely
disseminated outside of Zimbabwe detailing the intimidation of black
farm workers, many of them supporters of the opposition MDC party, by
ZANU-PF party activists—who rounded them up for all-night vigils and
political harangues in the Chegutu area, often meting out beatings to
workers on the Mt. Carmel farm and to MDC supporters. “None of us
knows what will happen next,” Freeth wrote. “Dictators like Mugabe do
not step down. Like Hitler, they go on till their country is in ruins
and their people are in rags. World leaders tut-tut as the crimes
against humanity go on unhindered; but their perpetrators live on and
travel the world with impunity.”

Officials in ZANU PF government have been grabbing farms and companies
from whites. The government acts of racism and terrorism are well
documented. Zimbabwe still faces serious political motivated violence,
opponents of the government are harassed, beaten, tortured and some
murdered. On Sunday 20, September 2010, a Security Guard in Harare,
Crispen Mandizvidza was murdered by 50 ZANU PF militias using craw
bars and iron bars.

Zimbabweans are suffering serious poverty and starvation, both those
at home and in Diaspora. The country is operating without official
currency. The US dollars and Rand which are being used are not easily
available to many citizens. Thousands women have turned to
prostitution and some man to crime in order to earn living.
The Government of National Unity has crumbled since Mugabe and ZANU PF
have refused to honor the Global Political Agreement which form basis
of the unity government. Mugabe continues to appoint Ambassadors and
other official without consent of the two factions of the Movement for
Democratic Change (MDC) who are in the unity government.

Zimbabweans continue to live in fear of their government. Soldiers and
Police continue to beat up people forcing them to support ZANU PF
meetings and threatening them if they do not vote for ZANU in
forthcoming elections. In various parts of the country soldiers and
militias have been deployed to enforce conformity to ZANU PF regime.

Foundation of Reason & Justice is campaigning for human rights,
democracy and justice in Zimbabwe. Its imperative that Zimbabwe is
gets rid of ZANU PF dictatorship. Our campaign needs your support.

Please kindly support us by either making the plight of Zimbabweans
known in your community or by making a financial donation.

Mr. Collen Makumbirofa

Foundation of Reason & Justice
Johannesburg, South Africa

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