Swakop Land Grabbers Name Streets

THE Swakopmund land grabbers have already named five streets on a large portion of land on which they claimed more than 600 erven.

The streets have been named after Gothard Kandume, Angelina Jolie (international actress), Desmond Tutu (South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop), Olsen Kahiriri (Namibia Economic Freedom Fighters’ commissar of propaganda) and John Cena (American professional wrestler).

Christian Democratic Voice party president Gothard Kandume, who is spearheading the ‘affirmative repositioning’, said they intend to service the erven before the schools start.

“We have laid out where the streets must be and what they must be named. We have set out our erven and now we will negotiate with the municipality next week to service the land – which is our constitutional right and they cannot oppose it. We also want to start building, so that we can have our homes there before the schools start,” Kandume said.

Just before Christmas, a few land grabbers who were in the process of setting up structures, were forced by the police to remove the shacks. The land grabbers were told to hold back their action until the Swakopmund Municipal Council is back from recess and the legal channels be followed to register for and occupy land.

Kandume, however, claimed that the police had told him and two other leaders that they must take an area west of the initial site (which was already serviced and earmarked for the Shack Dwellers Federation).

“If the police don’t keep their word, then we will retake the land belonging to the Shack Dwellers Federation,” Kandume warned.

The Swakopmund Municipality’s public relations officer Aili Gebhardt told the media that the matter will be dealt with first in the new year.

The land grabbers are claiming they have applied for land more than a decade ago but that to date none of them has been granted land, blaming the municipality for alleged favouritism in land allocation, as well as the tardy process in clearing land for legal occupation.

The NEFF also gave its support to the campaign and according to Kahiriri, the land grab started in Swakopmund but will soon spread out to commercial farms too.

Source : The Namibian