By Volodymyr Lakomov
AN abandoned house on the corner of Johann Albrecht and Ernst Weiske streets in Windhoek, which has according to neighbours become a den of prostitution and drug use, has burned down.
The incident on Wednesday, which was allegedly arson, happened after a homeless couple, who were occupying the property illegally, fought the night before.
Raymond ‘Seun’ Coetzee (47) claimed that his “crazy” girlfriend, 17-year-old Lizette Vries, had burned down the house, because he gave their one-month-old baby to the Ministry of Gender and Child Welfare officials.
He said Vries set alight a mattress in one of the bedrooms.
Coetzee also accused his girlfriend of using drugs.
Vries, however, claimed that her boyfriend is the actual culprit.
“I didn’t burn the house, he burned the mattress,” she said.
Vries said that before the house fire, she had been staying with Coetzee for a year, and they had a baby in May.
She accused him of smoking mandrax, and said she will be going back to live with her parents, while attempting to reclaim her baby from the welfare ministry.
According to the Windhoek North residents, the abandoned house has become a den of illicit activities over the years.
The neighbours say that the house attracted prostitutes, drug abusers and paedophiles. Despite their constant complaints to the City of Windhoek, the police, and even the Ombudsman, nothing had been done to resolve the issue.
One resident said that the house had been abandoned 14 years ago, following the suicide of a previous owner.
The owner had left the house in his will to his two daughters, who fought about its future, with one wanting to sell and the other wanting to keep the property. Due to the disagreement, the house was left abandoned, and is currently being administered by FNB.
The municipal accounts are allegedly in arrears to the tune of more than N$500 000.
A police investigation is underway to determine who started the fire.
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