You can't force the struggle kids - Conradie

17 Aug 2016 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 17 AUG (NAMPA) - The Conradie and Damaseb Legal Practitioners will seek further consultations with the Swapo Party and Children of the Liberation Struggle to resolve their demands amicably.
A closed-door meeting between leaders of the Children of the Liberation Struggle and co-funder of the law firm, Dirk Conradie, was held on Wednesday before the law firm announced the plans to continue consultations with the parties.
Speaking to Nampa after the meeting, Conradie said consultations between his clients - the Swapo Party and Kalahari Holdings (Pty) Ltd - and the struggle kids to attend to the ‘root cause’ of their plight will be held in due course.
The about 470 struggle kids camping at Ndilimani Farm outside Windhoek that belongs to the company, Kalahari Holdings, which belongs to the Swapo Party, on Monday received an eviction letter on accusations of unruly behaviour and illegal activities. They then marched to the party headquarters and blocked entrance to demand clarity on the matter.
Conradie however said there is no court order for their eviction, which takes time.
“There is no court order to evict them yet because we will have to obtain a court notice and that takes about two weeks, but that does not mean that we cannot talk and resolve the issue.”
Conradie noted that the Swapo Party must resolve the ‘root cause’ of the plight of the struggle kids and their eviction is no solution to the problem.
“Going ahead with the eviction will not address the real issue because what they want is employment and once you evict them, they will come back on the streets.”
The lawyer said that seeing as some struggle kids have qualifications, he would advise his client to assist them with further education or employment opportunities after being ignored for long.
“There are some of them with very good grades so why not take them to the University of Namibia (UNAM) or the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST)? They have been ignored and people do not want to talk to them because of their behaviour.”
The ruling party in July this year offered the struggle kids relocation to and training on two farms (Berg Aukas or Farm Du Plessis), which some accepted, and Conradie noted that this idea should not be forced on the unemployed youth members.
“As much as we can advise them, we cannot force them.”
Approached for comment shortly after the meeting, Group Chairperson of the Children of the Liberation Struggle, Tuhafeni Nhinda said they remain adamant of seeking employment in the public sector.
“We cannot leave without getting work. Some of the people there [Ndilimani] do not have anywhere else to go. They do not have families or relatives in Namibia.”
Conradie is expected to visit the Ndilimani Farm on Thursday where he will have a meeting with the struggle kids.