Demolition of shacks of poor people was illegal: AR

31 Mar 2017 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 31 MAR(NAMPA) - The Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement said the demolition of several homes in the 7de Laan informal settlement by the City Police officials on Tuesday and Wednesday, was illegal.
It said this in court on Friday. The AR and the people whose shacks were demolished took the City of Windhoek to the High Court over the demolition of their homes.
In their papers presented before court, the AR leadership said City Police officials did not seek or obtain any eviction order from the courts to do so.
“We will not stop fighting for the rights of our people; we are prepared and we will not leave any stone unturned,” AR leader Job Amupanda said in court papers.
The High Court granted an interim order that no further evictions and demolition of shacks should take place until the case had been heard and that the confiscated property of the evicted people be returned to them.
Meanwhile, City Police spokesperson, Cillie Aula told local daily newspaper New Era that City Police officials did not need a court order to evict residents who were found erecting shacks illegally on municipal land.
“It should be clear that we did not demolish shacks where people were residing. We demolished those that were in the process of being erected,” Aula said.
She added that if members of the public are found erecting and occupying land illegally, those structures would be taken down without any court order.
Lawyers Kadhila Amoomo and Henry Homateni Shimutwikeni are defending the evicted shack dwellers.
Slysken Makando, Boris Isaacks and Thabang Phatela are representing the City Police.