10 Dec 2016 17:30pm
OPUWO, 10 DEC (NAMPA) Former Opuwo mayor and local pastor, Pieter Jan Albertus de Villiers died Friday afternoon, a few moments after arriving at the Ongwediva Medipark for treatment.
He was 53.
De Villiers died after a long illness, his wife Ursula confirmed to Nampa on Saturday.
His death has been described by many here as a great loss to the community of Opuwo in particular and the Kunene Region in general.
De Villiers never considered himself a white person and instead abandoned living with his fellow whites and preferred to live in the hostel at Omunreti with black people during the colonial time, Kahevee Kavari, one of those mentored by De Villiers, recalled.
Kavari is the principal of Okorosave Primary School, situated about 25 kilometres west of Opuwo.
De Villiers was the owner and principal of the Opuwo Christian Private School as well as the Abba Guesthouse.
He also served as mayor of Opuwo between 2004 and 2010.
According to his father, Pierre de Villiers, Pieter came to Namibia for the first time in 1982 on a mission of the Youth With a Mission (YWAM).
In 1983, he became a teacher at Omureti Senior Secondary School, which was known as Opuwo Higher Primary School at the time.
He was called for military service in 1984 in Ondangwa which he completed in 1985 and returned to Opuwo where he continued practising as a teacher.
The family told this agency that De Villiers will be laid to rest in Opuwo on Friday, preceded by a memorial service on Thursday.
De Villiers was born in Pietersburg, now Polokwane, in South Africa's Limpopo Province on 28 July 1963.
He is survived by his wife, parents, a brother and an adopted child.