21 Dec 2016 08:32am
OPUWO, 18 DEC (NAMPA) - Renowned Opuwo priest, Pieter Jan Albertus de Villiers, 53 was laid to rest here Friday morning.
De Villiers died on 09 December after a long illness.
Uapundua Mumbuu, a traditional leader, said it was a perfect decision by the De Villiers family to allow their son to be buried in Opuwo, where he spent over three decades serving the community.
De Villiers came to Namibia in 1982 as a missionary and established the Opuwo Christian Church as well as Opuwo Christian Private School. He owned the Abba Guesthouse and was Opuwo mayor between 2004 and 2010.
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 is remembered by many for being a hard worker.
When he started this private school we thought it will never come into being but he was so focused and persistent until his dream became a reality, Mumbuu recalled.
Acting principal of the Mureti Senior Secondary School, Tjipueja Gert Wayne Uaavi described De Villiers as a black man in a white skin.
Uaavi said De Villiers stood firm in his support for and association with black people during the difficult times of colonialism when white people could hardly associate with black people.
He is also remembered for his generosity and lending a helping hand to the needy, including paying tuition fees for some learners at schools in Opuwo and students at tertiary institutions elsewhere in the country.
De Villiers was born in Pietersburg, now Polokwane, in South Africa's Limpopo Province on 28 July 1963. He is survived by his wife Ursula de Villiers, parents Pierre and Sarrie de Villiers, brother Albert de Villiers and an adopted child.