A Struggle In Vain

Zabalaza Mshengu

By Donna Hornby

3 April, 2015

His name means Struggle, and despite turning 101 in January, Zabalaza Mshengu is still struggling to get government to process his legal claim to the land where he hopes to live out the time he has left.

From his derelict home on a commercial farm near Ashburton, Mshengu points across the N3, shaking with emotion at his memory of a precarious life. “This all used to be one farm before the highway came. My mother and father worked there for no wages, and when I was old enough I also worked on that farm. In return, the farmer gave us land to graze our cattle and grow our crops. My father’s grave is there – I don’t know if that owner even knows it is there.” Continue reading