Schimming-Chase had higher expectations for independent Namibia: Black

13 Mar 2018 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 13 MAR (NAMPA) – A country characterised by rampant corruption, looting and mismanagement of state resources and a struggling economy is the Namibia that many awake to, and one which left the late Nora Schimming-Chase with sleepless nights.
This was the message narrated by family spokesperson and cousin of the late Schimming-Chase, Brain Black, when Nampa visited he home in Klein Windhoek on Tuesday afternoon.
Schimming-Chase, a former emissary of Namibia and politician, died in the early hours of Tuesday after a long illness at the age of 77.
Black said Schimming-Chase played a major role in Namibia’s quest for independence and was one of many Namibians who were disappointed by what Namibia had become.
“One of the things that I know about my cousin is she didn’t like corruption. She was very outspoken about an unethical government,” said Black.
He said much like the late Dr Mose Tjitendero, who was a speaker of the National Assembly, and the late Hidipo Hamutenya, who was the founding president of the Rally for Democracy and Progress, Schimming-Chase had higher expectations for an independent Namibia.
“Their expectations were a bit higher than what others expected. They, to a certain degree, were not 100 per cent satisfied with the independence we ultimately got,” he said, adding that it was up to the younger generation to carry on work towards bettering Namibia.
“She was a fighter for equality. A fighter for women’s rights, for justice,” he said.
Schimming-Chase started her political career as a student in Cape Town, South Africa in the 1950s.
For most of her life she was under the limelight due to her political exploits but according to Black, there is a side of the late politician that many Namibians were not exposed to.
“One thing that I have learned from her is that if you stand for the truth, you have no reason to fear and that the truth will always prevail,” said Black.
He added that Schimming-Chase was the only woman among many men and she would never allow any man to “sit on her head”.
“Nora was a courageous woman who believed in herself and in the freedom and justice of Namibia.”
Schimming-Chase is survived by three children, two grandchildren and one sibling.
Her husband, who hailed from Saint Lucia, died in December 2017.