18 Feb 2018 11:10am
WINDHOEK, 18 FEB (NAMPA) - Most of the illegal electricity connections in informal settlements are linked to cuca shops and shebeens, Windhoek Mayor Muesee Kazapua has said.
He was speaking to the media on Saturday, during the mayoral clean-up campaign in the Moses Garoeb Constituency where cables used for illegal connections were visible on the ground.
Kazapua said the municipality urged community members not to set up illegal electricity connections because it is very dangerous and can result in death.
We are really engaging the community in public meetings to see what type of serious measures we can take against perpetrators, he said.
He further said electricity is connected illegally on a daily basis people and when people see City of Windhoek approaching, they go into hiding.
He also said the illegal connections are mainly for shebeens and cuca shops and to a lesser extent, for houses.
Most people who are owners of these shebeens do not even reside in the informal settlements as they just recruit people while they stay in other suburbs, said Kazapua.
He said when confronted, the shebeen owners use their employees as an excuse, saying they are employing people in need of jobs.
The mayor said it is one of the citys priorities, along with central government and the shebeen associations, to see what solutions they can come up with as the high number of shebeens is a problem.
The environment here is not conducive, especially for kids who need to study, because noise pollution is high as every second household in the informal settlements is a shebeen. We really need to do something as the City and central government, he said.