Water Rights in Namibia and the Revenge of the Neoliberals

ALL AGREED: Panduleni Itula, McHenry Venaani, Josef Kauandenge and Job Amupanda at the signing of the Windhoek City Coalition agreement in August. All parties had in March already agreed to start cutting poor residents’ water supply, long before they had signed any coalition agreement. Photo: The Namibian

THE SPINELESS OPPOSITION

UNITED AGAINST THE POOR

THE FALL OF NEOLIBERALISM

THE FAMILY FEUD

THE CENTRE-RIGHT AXIS

NOWHERE TO HIDE: Homeless people in Windhoek whose shacks had been demolished by the police are forced to sleep in the open during winter. Photo: The Namibian

HAUNTING SILENCE IN THE PRESS

Over 2500 people died in Namibia during the Third Wave in the four-month period from April to July 2021 since the water cuts started: that is FIVE TIMES more Covid19-related deaths than the entire preceding year (523).

RISING FAST: As the chart shows, the number of Covid19-related deaths rose sharply from June 2021 onwards as winter, the Delta variant and the effects of mass water cuts set in. Source: Our World in Data

PRESS FREEDOM: AS LONG AS NO DIFFICULT QUESTIONS ASKED

VIOLATION OF THEIR OATH OF OFFICE

REPRODUCING RACIAL INEQUALITIES

WATER CUTS, LOCKDOWNS AND ECONOMIC COLLAPSE

THERE IS NO REAL OPPOSITION

In Memoriam

Bishop Christoffel Pieterse (10 July 1947–1 September 2021)

In memory of Bishop Christoffel Pieterse (10 July 1947 — 1 September 2021), an elderly citizen from Swakopmund who lived and died under austere conditions in Windhoek last week.

His health and living conditions were badly affected by the decision of the municipality to disconnect the water and electricity services to his home in winter, but his complaints fell on deaf ears.

Hamba Kahle Bishop. We shall never forget.

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