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 • HAGE Geingob, if government is not an employment agency then why change the Constitution to employ more Members to Parliament? Are we living in a fool’s paradise?
 • WHY not introduce Basic Income Grant as a constitutional right? Because nowadays one cannot live anymore without at least a certain small amount. Life is BIG.
 • USAKOS Town Council, thanks for cleaning the town. Keep it up. – Legend
 • THIS is how our country is. Everybody, including the minister of transport, are still in their positions, except Theo Namases of Air Namibia who was suspended. Even the ACC is afraid to investigate. Everything is quiet. Why? The President and Prime Mini
 MATHEW Mumbala, your statement in The Namibian to Venaani shows why the people are still living in shacks after 24 years of independence under the Swapo government. That mentality won’t change anything.
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FRONT PAGE | 2012-10-31
Homeless people becoming a familiar feature of town life
CLEMANS MIYANICWE
AFTER 22 years of independence many Namibians still sleep on the streets because they have no shelter.
Unused government buildings, abandoned houses, public parks and under bridges are where Namibia's homeless find refuge to escape the harsh and cold realities of the night.
The Namibian this week did a snap street survey and spoke to a number of homeless people in Windhoek.
Denver Jacobs is a 49-year-old man has not had a fixed place of living for half of his life.
'I am living almost everywhere I can sleep. Government is doing nothing for its citizens,' Jacobs told The Namibian from where had spent the night on a little mattress spread on the floor near Pick n Pay in Khomasdal.
'Government can build us a hostel were we can at least sleep. Fat cats are doing nothing, just stealing money.'
Jacob is the father of three children - twins living in Cape Town and another in Namaqualand in South Africa with their mothers' relatives.
Jacobs said he does not see a reason for voting as the government has failed its citizens after 22 years of freedom.
Jacob has not had a proper meal in three weeks.
With Jacobs was another 49-year-old, who was once a police constable for eight years in Windhoek. According to Jacobs some social workers visit them every two months and provided them with food.
Dennis van Wyk is 40 years old and was also a policeman before he resigned in 2003 and started a taxi business, which did not last.
Van Wyk's family home was sold after his mother died and and proceeds were divided among the siblings.
'Life is hard on the streets in Windhoek. I came to stay with Jacobs three weeks ago at this place,' said Van Wyk, who was holding a Bible.
'I read the Bible to find comfort as there are a lot of problems we homeless people face,' Van Wyk said sitting on top of a crate, under which his meagre worldly belongings are stored.
'This is my picture when I was a constable. I will go back to the police force to serve my nation again if the opportunity arises,' said Van Wyk.
Under a tree near the Inner City Evangelical Lutheran Church in Windhoek stays 29-year-old Saliste Araes, who has been homeless for the past five years. Araes has all her belongings packed in a shopping trolley.
'I sleep, dress up here, and it's my home,' said Araes, who is originally from Rehoboth. 'I don't know where I will get my next meal from.'
As the rain fell softly yesterday morning, Araes covered herself with plastic to keep her blanket dry.
At the Van Rhijnhof building in Windhoek West, about 15 homeless people live.
'I stay here and once I wake up I go to hustle around to get something to eat,' Johannes Jacob, who hails from the South, told The Namibian.
The 28-year-old Keetmanshoop-born Jacobs looks three times his real age from the hard knocks of life.
Efforts to get comment from the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare and the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare proved futile as The Namibian was sent from pillar to post for the right person to comment on the issue.

         


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