Great upset over displacement

19 November 2018 | Police

Yolanda Nel - A resident is up in arms about the importance of voting in the country, especially “when humanity is disregarded when illegal shack dwellers are displaced”.

“Are we in an independent country?” he asked on social media, along with photos of yet another shack being torn down. “The Otjomuise Ext 7 Namibian nation was shocked when the City Police had to break down a shack while a woman with eight children, including a 1-day old baby boy was sitting in it,” he wrote.

According to him, women and children are being killed every day while the City Police spies on who has illegal property. “Murderers are still on the run … and they [City Police] were actually pushing her around like piece of nothing,” he said.

In reaction, one person said, “I blame our leaders and voters as well. Come 2019, people will be voting for the same leaders who didn't care about them and yet they are complaining of maltreatment,” she said.

Another said: “The system is against the poor. Come election time, they matter most”, while yet another added that Namibia should cry, because Namibian land is being sold to people from elswhere.

“What is this? I'm really heartbroken by what the City Police did to this poor lady.

“They are failing to stop criminals roaming the streets and they go and bother a defenceless woman. Nonsense,” added another social media user.

While she had sympathy with the situation, another resident was wondering what residents propose the City Police should do to remove the illegal shack dwellers from property they don't own. “If you are an illegal dweller, it makes you guilty of a crime. It may not be murder, but it still is against the law,” she said. She feels that people should not stop voting, they should just take a minute to think who they are voting for.

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