02 Nov 2014 10:40am
CORRIDOR 17, 02 NOV (NAMPA ) - The Deputy Prime Minister, Marco Hausiku, has described the late !Xoo Traditional Authority head, Chief Sofia Jacob, as an unwavering and dedicated leader of her people.
Hausiku said Chief Sofia - as she was known amongst her ardent supporters and subjects - never gave up on her quest to see the !Xoo San people educated and cared for by Government.
He made the remarks in short interview with Nampa on Thursday at Corridor 17, when he came to pay his condolences to the late Chief's bereaved family.
Chief Sofia died on 23 October 2014 after a long struggle with asthma. She was 48 years old.
Corridor 17, located some 220 kilometres south-east of Gobabis in the Omaheke Region, is the traditional seat of the !Xoo Traditional Authority, and also the home of the late Chief Sofia.
The Deputy Prime Minister said the influence and charismatic leadership style of the late Chief will be greatly missed by all who had worked with her.
Chief Sofia was the kind of person that never gave up on anything she believed in. One of the main things that was close to her heart was the welfare of the San people under her care. She always wanted the best for her people and would stop at nothing to attain that, he said.
Hausiku signed the book of condolences on behalf of Government at the late Chief's homestead. Omaheke Regional Governor, Festus Ueitele, also signed the book of condolences.
The Aminuis Constituency Councillor, Erwin Uanguta also led a delegation of various traditional authority heads based in Aminuis to Corridor 17 to pay homage to the late Chief Sofia.
Amongst others, they included Chief Hubert Ditshabue of the BaKgalagadi Ba Namibia and Chief Betholdt Tjiundje of the OvaHerero Traditional Authority.
The !Xoo Traditional Authority head was instrumental in lobbying Government to bring various services to Corridor 17, such as a kindergarten and a school for the vast majority of San children who live here.
Sofia's last public appearance was during a Swapo-Party rally addressed by President Hifikepunye Pohamba in Aminuis last month.
She will be laid to rest here on 08 November. Various dignitaries, including the Deputy Prime Minister, are expected to attend the funeral.