The Zimbabwean reports that a few individuals from the Johanne Marange Apostolic sect, who are directly benefiting from Zanu (PF), and some youth militia recently invaded Spillemeer Farm, one of Zimbabwe’s biggest dairy farms. Other sect members were quick to dissociate themselves from the invasion.
“I can confirm there was an invasion of a farm in Chipinge. This was done by some individuals who have been given money and presents from Zanu (PF). God does not call for such action. It is unholy for church members to invade someone’s property,” said a senior member.
The sect’s leader, Noah Taguta, a well-known Zanu (PF) supporter, reportedly masterminded the invasion. The farmer, Francois Kotze, said that he was in the process of moving off his property. “I was intimidated by some youths. They have an offer letter that claims the farm belongs to them,” said Kotze.
The Commercial Farmers Union is trying to negotiate with the invaders to allow farmers to continue their operations. CFU President Deon Theron said the suspension of the SADC Tribunal had made an already bad situation even worse. The few remaining commercial farmers face a fresh onslaught of invasions by Zanu (PF) land grabbers, in the wake of the closure of the regional human rights court.