Matutura residents revolt

Unhappiness about the Mass Housing Project being converted into quarantine facilities.

28 July 2020 | Local News

Anonymous; “They feel that allowing people who have tested positive for Covid-19 to occupy the houses, poses a danger to them.”

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The residents of Matutura allegedly do not want the empty Mass Housing Project homes in the Swakopmund township to be converted into quarantine facilities.

A video surfaced on WhatsApp depicting some residents staging a protest, voicing their dismay at this decision.

It would seem residents organised the protest action amongst themselves.

“They feel that allowing people who have tested positive for Covid-19 to occupy the houses, poses a danger to them,” a source said who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The person added that the residents of Matutura decided to show the same kind of solidarity displayed by residents of Narraville in Walvis Bay who refused to allow people who died of the illness to be buried at a hastily prepared cemetery in the township.

“Children are roaming free in the streets because they are not going to school and the residents feel that they will be infected once those houses are occupied by Covid-19 positive patients,” the source said.

The protest follows an announcement by Erongo governor Neville Andre earlier this month that several empty houses of the Mass Housing Project will be used as quarantine facilities.

“Positive cases are increasing rapidly in Walvis Bay and the quarantine facilities are filling up,” the source said.

According to the source, residents of Matutura are also concerned about the crime such a move could bring about.

The residents say that anyone with ulterior motives could pose as a Covid-19 patient and use this guise to steal and rob from community members.

The Swakopmund municipal bungalows which are being used as a quarantine facility are apparently near to reaching capacity and this is allegedly one of the reasons the Mass Housing Project homes were chosen as a quarantine facility.

When approached for information about the impromptu protest action, the commander for community affairs in the Erongo, Inspector Ileni Shapumba, said that he was unaware of the situation, but promised to follow up.

The regional commander of NamPol in Erongo, commissioner Andreas Nelumbu, also said that he was not aware of the protest action.