Over a 100 farm workers have lost their income following acts of vandalism and sabotage at the Mamphodo-Mushasha Begwa Communal Property Association farm in Port Edward. The farm is situated at Louis Trichadt and Elim in Limpopo. It was attained through a land restitution process in 2006 and was once an economic mainstay for over 400 households.
The 3,000-hectare farm provided an economic life-line for local communities. The farm specialised in vegetable and cattle farming and sold to major market across South Africa. With alleged vandalism and theft by a local gang, the farm was forced to close after losing millions of rand worth of produce. The Communal Property Association believes some members of the community are behind the acts.
Police have confirmed that several cases of malicious damage to property and theft have been opened. Some of the cases are under investigation.