Rehoboth community mourns McNab

PDM leader McHenry Venaani said it is appalling that Kaptein John McNab did not receive national recognition for the patriotic work he did while leading such a key constituency of indigenous Namibians.

06 October 2020 | Local News

JEMIMA BEUKES

WINDHOEK



The traditional leader of the Rehoboth Baster community, Kaptein John McNab, died just before midnight on Saturday evening.

One of his four children, Nancy McNab, confirmed this yesterday. “We are probably having the funeral this weekend,” she said. Provisional kaptein, Barney Buys, said McNab left a gaping hole in the community he led for years.

He also urged the Rehoboth community to respect the family's privacy.

“The Baster community mourns with you and celebrates the extraordinary life of this remarkable man who devoted his life to peacefully protect our common home and future,” he said.

Meanwhile, Popular Democratic Movement leader McHenry Venaani said it is appalling that the great leader did not receive national recognition for the patriotic work he did while leading such a key constituency of indigenous Namibians.

“McNab stood up for the people of Rehoboth at a time when government failed to remedy injustices. Members of the Baster community had been relieved of their fixed property and, as such, several houses in the town were illegally transferred,” he said.

According to Venaani, these houses were transferred by “political opportunists” during the transition to and after independence.

“This is the Kaptein John McNab we will all remember,” Venaani said in a statement.

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