Ya Toivo family to visit Andimba's grave
22 Aug 2017 07:20am
WINDHOEK, 22 AUG (NAMPA) The family of the late Andimba Toivo ya Toivo will visit his grave at Heroes Acre on Tuesday to mark what would have been his 93rd birthday.
His widow, Vicki Erenstein ya Toivo, announced this in a media statement on Monday saying the family, which is still grappling with the loss of their beloved husband, father and friend, will plant a flowering indigenous plant next to his grave.
Andimba died on 09 June 2017 in Windhoek at the age of 92.
Along with the late South African freedom fighter Nelson Mandela, Ya Toivo was incarcerated in the notorious Robben Island Prison for a period of 16 years, enduring long periods of solitary confinement and other forms of harsh treatment.
He and 36 other Namibians were arrested on 09 September 1966 by members of the South African security forces in the north of Namibia.
They were charged and found guilty under the Terrorism Act on 09 February 1968, and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
After his conviction, he made a statement to the court and said: I know that the struggle will be long and bitter. I also know that my people will wage that struggle, whatever the cost. Only when we are granted our independence will the struggle stop.