Topnaars mourn death of Chief Kootjie

28 January 2019 | People

Topnaar chief and Nama traditional council chairperson Joel Seth Kooitjie (65) passed away in Walvis Bay on Thursday evening. According to a relative he died at around 23:30 en route to the hospital due to an asthma attack. An urgent meeting was expected to take place yesterday afternoon between the Nama traditional leaders, as per tradition. Chairperson of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry Johny Doeseb also paid tribute to the late Chief Kooitjie on Friday, describing his death as a loss for the Walvis Bay community. Minister of education, arts and culture Katrina Hanse Himarwa said he was a legend and visionary leader. “He was one of the leaders I always looked up to. His death is an enormous loss to the Namibian people.”