HUMAN rights advocate, Phil Ya Nangoloh, says all persons occupying public or state lands are protected from arbitrary evictions.
Ya Nangoloh made these remarks in an interview with Informanté on Monday.
He stated that any eviction from state-owned land which is not sanctioned by a court order is considered an arbitrary eviction.
Ya Nangoloh added that any occupation of state or any other land without permission or consent of the owners constitutes unlawful occupation.
“Courts, citing the principle of unclean hands, are inclined to issue orders for the eviction. This includes demolition of illegal shacks or any other structures,” he explained.
He pointed out that the state has the obligation to respect, protect and fulfill the right of its citizens for adequate living standards, which right include the right to adequate housing.
The right to adequate housing, he noted, includes making especially urban land available to citizens to build their own houses, but not to force people to live in flats owned by the very same people who run the state.
His remarks come after residents of the Oshana, Omusati, Ohangwena and Khomas regions expressed disappointment over the demolishing of their shacks recently.
Recent report include the arrest of Dimbulukeni Nauyoma, who was detained after he tried stopping City of Windhoek officials from demolishing a shack belonging to a 32-year-old woman.
Three other residents of Ondangwa were left homeless after town council ordered the removal of their shacks.
It is alleged that the town council ordered Shilimela Security Company to remove the shacks without warning to the owners.