No pay by today – we burn down the houses

Workers of the Delta Group, which got the contract to construct houses for the Mass Housing Development Programme on the north-eastern outskirts of Swakopmund, have threatened to burn down the houses if the company does not pay them by today.

On Wednesday the workers gathered at the site and lit various small fires “to warn the company owner” and wanted to burn down the houses starting at 17:00 that day. “We have not been paid for four months,” said one worker, Gerson Hamutenya, to namib times. The police arrived on scene and managed to diffuse the situation. The workers extended their deadline up until today.

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