OKAHANDJA’S land grabbers will contest an application by the town’s municipality for an eviction order in the High Court of Namibia.
The spokesperson of the people accused of illegal land grabbing in Okahandja, Johannes Gaseb, said that the group will challenge the Municipality’s application to execute a “mass” shack demolition.
The Municipality last Friday approached the High Court for an order allowing them to demolish illegal shacks at settlements such as Eekunde Proper, Eekunde Extension 5, Veddersdal Extension 1, 2, and 3 as well as Five Rand Extension 3 and 4.
Although the application doesn’t list any names as respondents, it lists the respondents as “Okahandja illegal land grabbers”. This, according to Gaseb is a “childish” and vague move from the Municipality because no one’s name is listed on the application.
Gaseb has in the meantime confirmed that his organization “Promised Land” has approached Advocate Gerson Narib for advice.
“The timing is definitely not a good one. How can they decide to move people during this critical time of COVID-19? We are talking about isolation, quarantine, and stuff like that. They should consider people’s safety. Some of these people have been living in these informal areas for over 30 years. A majority of people from Five Rand have been living there for years and it would be unfair to them. We are not bitter about the court application, but we will challenge it,” Gaseb maintained.
Gaseb stressed that the community is raising funds to secure legal services.
On Friday, Judge Collins Parker directed that the respondents file a notice of intention to defend or oppose the application within three days.