Zim Slain White Farmer Laid To Rest

A closed burial and memorial service was held at a Church in central Chegutu which was attended by relatives and friends in the farming town. Joubert,67, a former President of the Zimbabwe Tobacco Association (ZTA) was shot dead while his wife was beaten up at their farm by armed robbers.

The robbers stole US 10 000 dollars and valuables.

A family member told Radio VOP that it was Joubert’s wish not to have a burial that attracts the media.

“I am sorry we are not attending to the media. It was Joubert’s wish that he be buried peacefully,” said a family member.

The former ZTA chief was once removed from his Scotsdale farm by militant supporters of President Robert Mugabe, but they returned to the farm after they were assisted by the then Vice President Joseph Msika.

The Jouberts had set up a makeshift home along the Bulawayo-Harare highway saying they had nowhere to go, this then forced Msika to intervene.

Joubert was attacked two years ago by Zanu (PF) supporters. He had been one of about 300 white farmers remaining in the country after others fled the violent land reform programme which seized white owned farms.

Ben Freeth, a fellow farmer in Chegutu told the media last week that Joubert’s death was a ‘great tragedy’ to the farming community. He said remained unclear if the death was a criminal act or politically motivated.