Mike Campbell – the white Zimbabwean farmer who took President Robert Mugabe to court in 2007 over his programme of land seizures – has died. When the thug mugabe began encouraging the illegal seizure of white-owned farms, Campbell’s property was occupied by a group of so-called “war veterans”. Instead of capitulating, Campbell took his case to the region’s highest court, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Tribunal which condemned the seizures as “racist” and theft on a grand scale. It ruled that the redistribution programme was discriminatory and was not being implemented according to the rule of law. However, two days before the ruling, Mr Campbell, his wife and his son-in-law were kidnapped by militants and savagely tortured. He never fully recovered from the beatings. Eventually a member of the Mugabe government led an invasion of the farm, destroyed the buildings and evicted the local workers. Campbell’s story was made into an award-winning documentary, Mugabe and the White African, which was shot secretly and succeeded in highlighting the effects of Mugabe’s policy on the country’s once prosperous agricultural industry.