Shangaan Speakers Invade Sugar Cane Farms In Tribal War

They are accusing the party of sidelining them during the chaotic land grabs that started 12 years ago in favour of the Karanga speaking people who have been given land.

The irate villagers together with their children, who occupied the giant sugar cane mill’s farms in section six and four over the weekend, have vowed not to move out.

“We have been neglected and overlooked by our party for a long time may be because of our minority tribe,” a settler who only identified himself as Hlekani told a Radio VOP reporter who visited the area on Wednesday.

“Since 2000 less than 10 Shangans benefited from the land redistribution,” he said.

“Land was distributed to the Karangas who are the majority in the province and they came from other districts. We have therefore decided to take our stake and we are not going anywhere,” he said.

The latest development is coming barely a week after some of the villagers from the same area invaded two farms occupied by fellow former ruling party supporters of the Karanga tribe.

Triangle Limited, Managing Director, Sydney Mutsambiwa, said his organisation will find solutions.

“We have received such reports and we are running around …We will try to find a solution,” he said.

The invasion could disrupt the smooth flow of business at the enormous sugar plant that had been enjoying a sharp upsurge of production over the past years since the formation of the shaky inclusive government that has brought some stability to the economy.

In 2008, he said production had sunk below a production level of 320 000 tones but this year there were looking at getting over 400 000 tones and improve their export to the European Union (EU).

The new settlers also accused Zanu (PF) leadership of being greedy by recently grabbing Save Valley Conservancies when they had nothing, a situation that triggered the new wave of invasions.

The new settlers accused the local Governor, Titus Maluleke, of neglecting them despite being at the helm of the provincial political power.

Maluleke, a Shangaan, owns two farms. He declined to comment on the matter.