A ruling in a legal battle in which two men are suing the Windhoek City Council over the demolition of their shack in the Goreangab informal settlement last month will be delivered tomorrow

WINDHOEK: A ruling in a legal battle in which two men are suing the Windhoek City Council over the demolition of their shack in the Goreangab informal settlement last month, will be delivered tomorrow.

High Court Judge Dave Smuts set this date last Thursday shortly after he had listened to oral submissions and arguments presented by lawyers representing the two parties.

In the matter, Windhoek-based high school teacher Lukas Junias and his brother Lineekela Tuhafeni Nhinda, an employee of the Ministry of Health and Social Services, are suing the Windhoek City Council over the demolition of their corrugated iron structure erected on a piece of land in the informal settlement in Goreangab on the western outskirts of Windhoek.

The duo is asking the court to order the City Council to restore their shack and allow the occupation of that plot of land in the Goreangab area, and to stop municipal employees from demolishing and removing any structure or building belonging to them, or evicting them, from that piece of land.

Advocate Thabang Phatela, who represented the City Council, argued that the applicants were not evicted from the land itself, but that the illegal structure which they erected was dismantled and removed.

He said the applicants had failed to establish the relief they were seeking before court, and argued for the dismissal of their application with costs.

SOURCE: NAMPA