A Tribute to Jimmy Katuuo of Namibia

L-R: Jimmy Katuuo (Germany), Luther Zaire (Germany), Paramount Chief Kuaima Riruako, Dr. Ngondi A. Kamatuka (U.S.A.), last person unidentified. Picture taken at the Ovaherero Genocide Remembrance, August 14, 2004, Okakarara, Namibia.

L-R: Jimmy Katuuo (Germany), Luther Zaire (Germany), Paramount Chief Kuaima Riruako, Dr. Ngondi A. Kamatuka (U.S.A.), last person unidentified. Picture taken at the Ovaherero Genocide Remembrance, August 14, 2004, Okakarara, Namibia.

It was with a heavy heart and deep sadness that I took cognizance of Jimmy’s hospitalisation and departure from this world. Whilst in hospital, he had asked that I be informed of his condition. However, I was in South Africa at the time and therefore did not have the opportunity of seeing him alive again. This I regret very, very much indeed. I only hope and pray that he had been aware of the fact that I was thousands of kilometres away.

I first met Jimmy in the early 1980s at the home of Joe Meyer-Fels and Didi Schroeder. This was the start of a mutual friendship which lasted to the very end of his life. To me he came across as a quiet, modest person who had an inner strength of character and loyalty which was of unique quality. He was dignified, reliable, upright – and above all – a good friend.

We all know what he did for his country and the difficulties he went through as an exile. But not only for Namibia: His unselfish support that he gave to the South African struggle and to the South African exiles in Berlin through word and deed is worthy of note and appreciation. I, for one, will always hold Jimmy in high esteem.

On behalf of friends and the Mayibuye Südafrika Community in Berlin, I wish to extend my sincere condolences to his family, dear ones and close friends. May he rest in peace and not be forgotten!

Sincerely,

Arnold Isaacs

Friend,

and Chairperson of Mayibuye Südafrika Community
17.04.2016