Walvis Bay tenants unable to pay rent face eviction

 Walvis Bay tenants unable to pay rent face eviction

Tenants who are unable to pay their rent are being evicted in Walvis Bay's Kuisebmond residential area.
Loide Mateus, who used to sell traditional beer at Ekutu la Tika open Market was told to vacate her backyard shack because she hasn't been paying rent since March.
Mateus is looking for a place to illegally erect her shack and not pay for water and electricity.
This situation has become common in Walvis Bay after many residents lost their jobs due to COVID-19.
Walvis Bay Urban Constituency Councillor, Knowledge Ipinge says he receives no less than 15 complaints a day from evicted residents.
Ipinge says Walvis Bay is experiencing a major housing backlog which has resulted into the mushrooming of backyard shacks and renting of flats.
He explained that there is overcrowding in Kuisebmond because often 50 people live in a yard, sharing the shower and toilets.
Ipinge says regular meetings are held by his office and the municipality to find solutions to the problem.
An extraordinary council meeting was scheduled for this afternoon at 17h00 at the Walvis Bay Municipality, for leaders to discuss the possibility of providing land to the landless.