Swapo mourns ‘Presentjie’

24 Oct 2014 15:20pm
BERSEBA, 24 OCT (NAMPA) – The Swapo-Party and all its structures in the //Karas Region held a packed memorial service for the late Willem ‘Presentjie’ Isaacks at his family home in Berseba on Wednesday night.
Keetmanshoop Deputy Mayor Gabriel Freyer, who was the master of ceremonies, said they were celebrating the life of a young man who had “gone too soon”.
Keetmanshoop Urban Constituency Councillor Hilma Nicanor said as his Afrikaans nickname suggested, ‘Presentjie’ was not only a gift to his family, but also to the Namibian nation and the Swapo-Party in particular.
Messages of condolences and memories of the late deputy minister poured in from a line-up of Swapo members, and people remembered him as a person who spoke his mind; who was determined and strong-willed; and who had worked tirelessly for his party in the region.
Isaacks started out as the party’s Berseba branch coordinator, was then a local authority councillor, followed by a period as district coordinator, and finally became the regional coordinator before he was appointed as Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy by President Hifikepunye Pohamba.
Elias !Kharuxab, Keetmanshoop rural district coordinator for information and mobilisation, said they now wanted to see a street named after Isaacks, while fellow coordinator Martha Pieters remembered that Isaacks “was not an angel, but the good things he did can certainly be counted”.
Keetmanshoop Rural Constituency Councillor Jims Christiaans was part of the musicians playing the keyboard at the ceremony.
//Karas Regional Coordinator Matheus Mumbala said Isaacks died on duty as he was on his way to Keetmanshoop to do his part for the star rallies.
“We spoke on the phone that day, and he said he was on his way.
After the accident, I met him at the hospital and his last words to me were ‘I don’t know what’s going on; I don’t know what’s going on with me’.”
Mumbala said he was later shocked to learn that Isaacks had passed on.
Jan Scholtz of the !Nami#Nüs Constituency said the aftermath of Isaacks’ death and outpouring of messages from the mining industry and others in the media have shown that his death had affected many from all walks of life.
“He is a loss not only for the family, but for all of us,” he echoed Nicanor’s sentiments.
Isaacks died in a car accident on 08 October.
He was 45-years-old, and leaves behind his mother Sanna Esterhuizen, wife Lydia, and two children.
He will be buried at Berseba on Saturday.