The Namibian (Windhoek)

Namibia: 'Struggle Kids' Should Be Patient ? Shitongeni

THE chairperson of the ‘struggle kids’ recruitment committee, Zulu Shitongeni, yesterday appealed to those who resurfaced last week to exercise patience while the committee tries to find jobs for them.

The group of close to 200 people born in exile, who are currently living at the Ndilimani Cultural Group’s farm some 10 kilometres outside Windhoek, showed up at the office of Prime Minister Nahas Angula after an absence of almost four months from the news scene for answers on when they will get jobs.

Their leaders appealed to Angula to assist them by speeding up the process that will see all of them employed.

The group said that since their relocation to the farm, at least 95 members of their group had received letters of employment in the public sector, but they still didn’t know when the more than 100 others would receive their appointment letters.

“They are not all going to get a letter at the same time because we can only employ some of them at a given time. They should remain patient. They will all be accommodated as positions become available,” said Shitongeni.

In their letter to Angula, the group wrote: “It is four months that we are living under harsh environment in which we are negatively exposed to any type of harm.”

Group leader Petrus Nendongo said the farm is without electricity and flush toilets and they don’t know when or where their next meal will come from.

Angula told The Namibian that the poor educational background of the ‘struggle kids’ was a challenge in getting them employment in the public service. Only a few of them have high school qualifications.

During consultation with the government earlier this year, the group maintained that they were not interested in studying and wanted jobs instead.

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