School until nine on Friday for Ya Toivo

22 Jun 2017 21:20pm
WINDHOEK, 22 JUN (NAMPA) – A directive has been given by the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture that all learners in the Khomas region will attend school only until 09H00 on Friday.
This is part of the honour to one of the heroes of Namibia, Herman Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo who died on 9 June in Windhoek.
A Hero’s funeral has been accorded to the late Ya Toivo on Saturday at the Heroes Accre, by the Namibian Head of State, Dr. Hage Geingob.
All civil servants in the Khomas Region have been granted permission to attend the memorial service scheduled to take place at the Independence Stadium on Friday at 12H00.
Transport has been made available to pick up members of the public at their respective bus terminals in their constituencies.
Ya Toivo was an anti-apartheid activist, politician, and political prisoner active in the pre-independence movement and one of the co-founders of the South West African People’s Organisation (Swapo) in 1960, and its predecessor the Ovamboland People’s Organisation (OPO) in 1959.
He served 16 years in Robben Island prison in South Africa, in the same section as former South African president Nelson Mandela.
Ya Toivo was released from prison in 1984 and rejoined Swapo in exile in Lusaka, Zambia.He returned to Namibia in 1989 and served as a Member of Parliament and cabinet minister.
He retired from active politics in 2006 and died at the age of 92.