We were skeptical to give people land-Derek Klazen

March 14, 2018, 6:16pm

Former Walvis Bay mayor and deputy minister of Urban and Rural Development, Derek Klazen, said that his office was initially not keen to give people land fearing that it would result in a further rise in the number of shacks.

The minister was speaking in his capacity at a stakeholder engagement on the problems of housing in the capital where researchers argued that Namibia’s housing crisis was a crisis for land.  

“In the ministry, me and my former minister, Comrade Sophia Shaningwa, we were very skeptical of giving people land because the need of housing is so much and if I look at Walvis Bay, we have backyard squatters there. Now imagine, if you give a person a piece of land of 300m2, he is putting a kambashu of 8m2 on that 300m2. That is a worrisome factor,” he said.

The deputy minister said this phenomenon has risen because shacks have also become a source of income for many who end up living lavish lifestyles from rental proceeds. 

“The more shacks they hire out the more income (they get). Some don’t need to work because they make money. You can live a lekker lifestyle. So that is something I put  a question mark on you know. Hailing from Walvis Bay I know, the people, they really need houses,” he said to a giggling audience.