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      Windhoek man living in car for years

      by Sophie Tendane

      HOME ... Frans Barthormeus standing next to his car, which he calls home.

      “I CRY every time my kids ask: 'Daddy, when are we going back to our house?',” says Frans Barthormeus (45), who has been homeless and living in his car for the past few years.

      Barthormeus says his life fell apart in 2018, when he received news from his neighbours that the shack he'd been living in with his family for four years was being demolished by the City of Windhoek.

      He was on a family trip to Okahandja at the time.

      “I was not given any eviction letter. If I knew I would have taken my things,” he says.

      “I am still in shock.”

      Since then, Barthormeus has been sleeping in his car and bathing at service stations.

      “I lost everything I had with my family. We had plans, but now I am all alone after my wife and kids left me and moved to the north.

      “I cry every time my kids ask what happened to our house, and when are we going back to our house.”

      He says his family has been torn apart.

      Friends have in the past assisted him with petrol and food, he says, but have grown tired of doing so.

      LOST AND ALONE

      Barthormeus had been living at Okuryangava with his wife and three children since 2015.

      When his shack was destroyed, they lost all their furniture and appliances worth over N$60 000, he says.

      “Apart from my belongings and family, I also lost my job. I used to work as a supervisor at Namibia Breweries Limited, but because of absenteeism and not having a place to stay, I lost it,” he says.

      With no job, there's no way he can afford rent, and every day is a struggle.

      “I can't raise my kids in the streets, I don't have a relationship with my children any more.”

      Barthormeus says sleeping in his car is dangerous.

      “One night I was attacked by a botsotso and nearly lost my life. They wanted to rob me of my car.

      “I have been chased like a dog when I tried to sleep somewhere.”

      'NO ILLEGAL OCCUPANT'

      Barthormeus says he didn't occupy the land his shack was built on illegally.

      He was on a waiting list to be allocated land by the municipality, and he says he followed all procedures.

      “They told me if you are on a waiting list and you have a place, just inform the municipality, they will not remove you, and I did. I was not [there] illegally or by force,” Barthormeus says.

      This year, he joined the Affirmative Repositioning movement to get his land back, but his pleas have fallen on deaf ears, he says.

      Barthormeus says he's tried to speak to some of the municipality's staff who said he could get some of his belongings back, although much will have to be dealt with through lawyers.

      “I do not have money to go to lawyers, why should I be punished to get what was taken from me, unlawfully?”

      He is asking that the municipality give him a place to live and to return his possessions.

      “I need a place to call home again, I have been having suicidal thoughts . . . Where will I raise my kids?”

      City of Windhoek spokesperson Harold Akwenye says Barthormeus occupied the city's land illegally.

      “After numerous calls for him to vacate the illegally occupied land fell on deaf ears, via court order his structure and those of others were demolished, and his belongings were transported to a central point for him to retrieve,” says Akwenye.


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