“One of the biggest mistakes we made in Zimbabwe was not sticking together,” said Theron. “You don’t have to depart from your principles, but work together for what is right. Stick to what you believe in, don’t attack or break others down.”Theron said farmers in Zimbabwe were still in dark times, but they had learnt to “see in the dark” – and had found ways to negotiate with government to try and win some of their land back, or at least prevent more land grabs.
“The way to get them to listen to you is by using the media to your advantage. You expose what’s happening to the detriment of the government. This has become our bargaining tool, because the bad publicity hurts them. We’ve also taken the government to court, which is another bargaining tool. “We’ve come a long way, and even though we still have a dictator for a president, we’re laying a firm foundation for transformation,” said Theron.