Pretorius a defining character in Namibian history: DTA

18 Jul 2017 16:40pm
RRUNDU, 18 JUL (NAMPA) – DTA of Namibia Secretary-General Manuel Ngaringombe has described the late Jacobus Willem Pretorius as a defining character in Namibian history.
The veteran politician and ex-member of Parliament (MP) died Friday morning in Walvis Bay at the age of 81.
In his message of condolences to the family of the late Pretorius contained in a statement issued Tuesday, Ngaringombe said the history of Namibia’s transition from a South African colony to a fully-fledged independent state is one that has recently been written and talked about extensively.
“Whatever view point you may take, one thing that remains undeniably true is that the late Hon. Koos Pretorius was at the centre of much that occurred in the long and difficult build-up to Namibia’s independence,” said Ngaringombe.
This is true whether one chooses to reference his involvement in the transitional government, contributions to the Constituent Assembly or his 15 year period as a member of the National Assembly and President of the Monitor Action Group (MAG), he said.
“As Namibia mourns a character of his enormity, one shudders to think what Kosie meant to his wife, children, family and friends.
“It is our obligation as a nation to do what we can in our respective individual capacities to carry them through this difficult period.”
A memorial service will be held at Walvis Bay on Saturday.
Pretorius moved to the coastal town after retiring from active politics in June 2013.