The problem is that communities who continue to be most affected by the violent past have not been involved in negotiations.
The legitimacy of SWAPO, the former liberation movement that has governed since 1990, has been eroded amid growing corruption and a deepening economic crisis.
Jackson Mthembu’s death drives home the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
The November 2020 local and regional elections have indeed put Namibia’s political culture at a crossroads.
The hunger, frustration and desperation of ordinary Namibians should be first on the political agenda. But this isn’t the case.
No other photographer in southern Africa has documented war in the way that John Liebenberg did. He captured the life and the conflict of both sides in his body of work.
An archive project is restoring the secret history of Namibia’s resistance music culture from the 1950s to the late 1980s – suppressed and censored during apartheid but now touring the world.
For the first time since independence, Namibia’s ruling party has suffered electoral setbacks in the midst of economic and political crisis.
Namibia’s political stability so far has been vested in the dominance of Swapo. Those opposing its control face an uphill battle.
Swapo remains the dominant party by far in Namibia. But it seems increasingly unable to live up to its promises.
The question of land has been hotly contested in Namibia ever since independence.
Pik Botha defended apartheid and South Africa’s occupation of Namibia, but in the end helped end both.
Southern Africa’s liberation movements have been losing popularity and confronting a crisis of legitimacy.
Too often developments in one country are seen in isolation. In southern Africa events in one affect others in the region.
Rock music against military conscription during 1980s South Africa resonated with wider fault lines in Afrikaner society - this as the apartheid regime’s grip on power started to slip.
Namibian hero and former Robben Island prisoner Toivo ya Toivo was part of a generation who contributed to the struggles against apartheid and colonialism in the region.
Andimba (Herman) Toivo Ya Toivo remained loyal to what made him the personification of the desire to live in an independent country governed by, and for, its people.
For a military battle whose outcome is still hotly contested 30 years later, the impact was so remarkably clear – independence for Namibia, peace for Angola and the death knell for apartheid.
South Africa’s ANC and Namibia’s SWAPO, governing parties, enter crucial leadership elections this year, with presidents Zuma and Geingob both facing challenges.
Namibia contributes a positive image to Africa in governance and other indicators. But the reality for most of the country’s 2.3 million people isn’t quite as rosy.