Windhoek school pupils sleep in sewage

2016-02-23 15:57
(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

(Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Windhoek - An official from the Namibian government has reacted with horror and disgust after finding students living in deplorable conditions at the Ella du Plessis Secondary School in Windhoek, the Namibian Sun reports. 

The dilapidated hostels have been covered in water since last week, with blocked drains causing widespread rot and a stink.

Deputy Minister of Works and Transport James Sankwasa lamented the lack of supervision at the school and accused management of mismanaging the hostel.

According to cleaners at the institution, rampant vandalism had taken over the campus, with water left running for hours on end without any intervention.

The deputy head at the school, Sylvester Mowa, shifted the blame, saying students lacked proper cleaning supplies to clean their rooms over weekends, when the cleaners were not on duty.

It also emerged that illegal squatters were occupying the premises. 

The superintendent of the school, Chrispin Sikambo, confirmed the existence of illegal squatters in the hostels, saying that 12 families occupied the caretaker's flat and several garages on the property, and made use of the hostel's facilities.

The illegal tenants were said to have refused to vacate the property, despite an order issued by the ministry of education.

According to a report by All Africa, eviction notices were handed out to the families on December 31, last year.

Some of the "tenants", however, denied knowledge of eviction notices, revealing that they had been staying on the property for a number of years.

Deputy Minister of Education Anna Nghipondoka claimed her ministry had no knowledge of the dire conditions faced by the students.



Read more on:    namibia  |  southern africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.