Frederick the glue of NTLA: Kooitjie

05 Feb 2018 14:30pm
BETHANIE, 05 FEB (NAMPA) – Topnaar chief and chairperson of the Nama Traditional Leaders Association (NTLA), Seth Kooitjie has remembered late !Aman Chief David Frederick as the one who kept the association together.
Frederick died at the Keetmanshoop State Hospital on 12 January after a long illness, aged 85.
Paying homage to the late chief at his funeral in Bethanie on Saturday, Kooitjie said above all, Frederick wanted unity amongst all Nama clans.
“He was the one who built us up to unify all the clans, he was a humble man full of wisdom, coolheaded and mentally sharp.”
Kooitjie said Frederick’s dream was to free the Nama people economically and the only way to do that was through knowledge building and education.
“His plans were for us to establish centres of skills development for our people and his vision was to improve Nama administration matters.”
Frederick spearheaded the NTLA’s initiative to buy land in Tseiblaagte, Keetmanshoop and to build an office for the association there.
“He wanted to change and improve the dusty streets of that area and to give the people hope.”
Frederick’s way of living was to identify social problems, establish links for help and to overcome western individualistic tendencies in favour of community values, said Kooitjie.
“His contribution to the association was love and gentility. He left us strong. Go in peace and feel free to meet your ancestors our leader. Son of the dusty streets of Bethanie, be free as the winds blow to remove your last footsteps,” said Kooitjie.
Utjiua Muinjangue, chairperson of the Ovaherero Genocide Foundation said Frederick’s soul will only rest when the two groups, Namas and Hereros, receive their reparation from the German government for genocide committed against these communities between 1904 and 1908.
“I remember how moved he was in Berlin where we saw the skulls of our people for the first time. It seemed like he was engaging with the ancestors to try and determine which skull belonged to his grandfather,” she said.