JOHANNESBURG — A mostly white farmers’ group in Zimbabwe is mourning a farmer and his daughter who died after an assault reminiscent of attacks surrounding land seizures that began in 2000.
The Commercial Farmers’ Union said Friday that it was troubled by what it called the ‘‘total silence’’ of authorities following the attack on Malcolm and Catherine Francis, who suffered head injuries from possible axe blows on May 10 and died after surgery. The attack happened in Guruve district in northeastern Zimbabwe.
‘‘There are many other murders and other atrocities committed over the last 14 years during the land reform exercise that are yet to be resolved and their perpetrators have yet to be identified and held to account,’’ the farmers’ union said.
It also appealed for an end to land seizures in Zimbabwe, saying the upheaval had damaged the agricultural sector. Some government officials recognize the challenges and are trying to overcome them and promote investment, but violence, extortion, and theft are undermining those efforts, according to the farmers’ group.