Judge O'Linn stood up in support of Namibia's struggle: Rukoro

23 Jul 2015 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 23 JUL (NAMPA) - The OvaHerero Paramount Chief says the late Judge Bryan O'Linn will be remembered as one of the few white Namibians who during the dark days of South Africa's apartheid colonialism here supported Namibia’s struggle for liberation.
Advocate Vekuii Rukoro said this in a media statement availed on Thursday morning, adding that the late O'Linn not only used his formidable legal talent and skills to defend countless freedom fighters from the oppressive colonial legal order of the day, but later decided to enter the political arena by establishing a political party - the Federal Party - to challenge the status quo white politics of the day.
“With his colleagues John Kirkpatrick and Anton Lubowski, he went further and joined forces with black nationalist movements like SWANU of Hitjevi Veii; the Damara Council of Chief Justice Garoeb; National Independence Party of Charlie Hartung; and the Mbanderu Council of Chief Munjuku Nguvauva II, amongst others under the banner of the Namibia National Front to campaign for the implementation of United Nations Resolution 435-supervised elections,” said the chief.
Rukoro also said the late judge leaves behind a proud and rich legacy of being a fearless fighter for justice, human rights and a non-racist society, a brilliant jurist with a razor sharp legal mind second to none, a workaholic and prolific writer.
“Namibia has lost a great son of the soil and a man of great character and integrity! May his soul rest in eternal peace!” said Rukoro.
O'Linn died on Saturday in a Windhoek hospital.
He was 87 years old and had been ill in recent years.
He leaves behind his wife, Miemie, to whom he had been married for 58 years.