Grootfontein Municipality threatens legal action against land grabbers

The ongoing land grabbing activities at the Grootfontein'sBlikiesdorp informal settlement adjacent the military base has stirred up mixed feelings among the residents at the town.

Grootfontein Municipality Public Relations Officer, Lukas Salomo on Wednesday told Nampa in an interview that about 50 hectares of the municipality unserviced land has been evaded by residents in the Blikkiesdorp informal settlement.

Salomo said this illegal activity of land grabbing has reached a peak this week as residents allegedly continues to set up temporary structures at night, ignoring all the verbal warnings from the municipality.

Salomo said nearly 1 000 residents have so far erected their temporary housing structures on the municipality land illegally.

We are extremely concerned as they have illegally occupied the land near the Grootfontein Military Base without it being assessed of any possible explosives, a norm we usually conduct with the members of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF)'s Explosive Unit before clearing any land at this town, he said.

Salomo stated that the municipality is left with no other way now, but to apply for an eviction order at court through its lawyer in order to remove these alleged illegal land grabbers at the town.

A member of the accused group of land grabbers, Benjamin Klaus, 38, said he and other residents lost patience after waiting for nearly five years for the municipality to service affordable land without it doing so.

We really got tired of their false promises. We had waited for nearly five years before opting to get ourselves pieces of land here where we built our houses, he said.

Klaus then called on the municipality to allegedly just service land around town and relocate the people on it without getting into any scuffle.

Another resident, Martha Magdalena, 55, who owns a Build Together house at the town said it is disheartening her to see adult residents grab municipality land where there is no water, no electricity or proper street roads.

Magdalena urged the municipality to act fact and engage the law enforcement agents to maintain law and order at the Blikkiesdorp.

The situation is worse. They are grabbing plots for themselves without any authorisation. I call on the police to also stop them, she said.

Grootfontein local authority councillor,

on Thursday in a telephonic interview told this news agency that the council is fully aware of the situation.

The situation is politically motivated. Believe me it is worse, and we will have difficulties from now onwards to remove this group of 1 000 people who have already built their houses there illegally, he said.

Source: Namibia Press Agency