Farmer gets international relief

A Zimbabwean farmer, 75-year-old
Mike Campbell of Chegutu, has been given interim relief from land grabbers in the first-ever ruling made by the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Tribunal in Namibia.Issue Date: 11 January 2008

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A Zimbabwean farmer, 75-year-old
Mike Campbell of Chegutu, has been given interim relief from land grabbers in the first-ever ruling made by the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Tribunal in Namibia. The Tribunal barred the Zimbabwean government from interfering with Campbell’s farm, which he legally purchased in 1999, until the case’s main hearing, scheduled for 22 January. Campbell argued Zimbabwe’s constitutional changes violate the human rights protection advocated by a SADC treaty, of which President Robert Mugabe is a signatory. The tribunal should have heard the case on 20 November, but the hearing was postponed because the fax machine in Mugabe’s office was broken. – Annelie Coleman

Annelie Coleman represents Farmer’s Weekly in the Free State, North West and Northern Cape. Agriculture is in her blood. She grew up on a maize farm in the Wesselsbron district where her brother is still continuing with the family business. Annelie is passionate about the area she works in and calls it ‘God’s own country’. She’s particularly interested in beef cattle farming, especially with the indigenous African breeds. She’s an avid reader and owns a comprehensive collection of Africana covering hunting in colonial Africa, missionary history of same period, as well as Rhodesian literature.