In what well may become a test case, a white Zimbabwean farmer has won a court order to evict some 200 black squatter families from his farm near Headlands, 130 kilometres (80 miles) south east of Salisbury.
GV Farmlands and bush (2 shots)
SV Squatters outside derelict farm building
SVs Derelict farm building (3 shots)
GV Squatters' huts on farmland
GV PAN Crops planted by squatters
GV Squatters at farm with farmer speaking to them (6 shots)
GV Squatters ploughing land (2 shots)
GV Squatters huts and animals on farm (3 shots)
GV PAN Squatters huts on farmland (2 shots)
GV Cattle grazing at farm (2 shots)
SCU Nicholas Oosthuizen, farmer, speaking to reporter, Kevin Hamilton
TRANSCRIPT OF SHOT NO. 11:
REPORTER, KEVIN HAMILTON: "Now I understand there have been threats made by the squatters against you."
OOSTHUIZEN: "Yes there have, there has been three threats so far."
HAMILTON: "Do you take them seriously?"
OOSTHUIZEN: "I think it is sort of a game to get me off."
HAMILTON: "Do you think they have been trying to force you off your land?"
OOSTHUIZEN: "Yes I do think they have been trying. Well basically the first thing is it is not a political game, I'm not interested in politics at all. I'm a third generation farmer, I've got no trade. I'm a farmer and hopefully I can be left alone and do my own farming."
HAMILTON: "Do you not think that the issue might become one of black versus white, and therefore make reconciliation more difficult?"
OOSTHUIZEN: "Well I do not see any reason why it should because it is a court order and as I say to you I just want to do my farming and that is all and just be left alone."
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Background: In what well may become a test case, a white Zimbabwean farmer has won a court order to evict some 200 black squatter families from his farm near Headlands, 130 kilometres (80 miles) south east of Salisbury. The squatters are still on the farm and say they will resist any attempts by police to evict them. They have occupied derelict farm buildings and built their own huts on the farm where they keep animals and cultivate crops. Farm owner Nicholas Oosthuizen says he has been threatened by the squatters and that he only wants to continue his work as a farmer. There are an estimated 50,000 blacks squatting on white-owned farms in Zimbabwe and Mr. Oosthuizen's legal victory could set a precedent for further action. In a New Year message, three weeks ago, Prime Minister Robert Mugabe promised to step up redistribution of white-owned farmland to the country's black rural population.