Australia star ‘sheds tear’ for property under seige


AUSTRALIAN ruby star David Pocock likes spending time at the Denlynian and Tamari Wildlife conservation area in Beitbridge that was invaded by Zanu PF supporters recently.

Staff Reporter

His grandfather, Ian Ferguson who runs the conservancy, said Pocock whose parents had to flee Zimbabwe at the height of farm invasions, was so fond of the place and he would shed a tear each time he had to return to Australia.

“He was out with his wife a little while ago and spent 10 days on the game farm, which he says he sheds a tear for whenever he has to leave as it was very much part of his life in his early years before they were run off their farm in the Lower Gweru farming area and went to Australia,” he said.

Pockock and his parents left Zimbabwe in 2001 for Australia. He signed with the Perth-based Western Force in 2005 and made his international debut for Australia in 2008 against New Zealand.

He is now regarded as one of the best rugby players in the world.

Despite the poor treatment of his family by the government, Pockock has not cut ties with Zimbabwe.

He runs a charity, EightyTwenty Vision, which supports projects in Nkayi that focus on food security, education, health and women and children’s rights.

“Inspite of how they were treated in Zimbabwe, Davis raises money for a project in the Nkayi Communal area where they help fund a medical doctor and feed hundreds of school children once a day and pay community extension officers,” Ferguson said.

“They just love the people and the country.”