Unlike the economic more powerful Zimbabwe and South Africa, Namibia’s democracy, and the community it has built around that democracy, is on the road to becoming our most valuable currency on the road to recovery.
WINDHOEK, Namibia: The events in South Africa have only served to highlight Namibia’s sovereignty and growing nationhood. As a nation, we have not been seduced by populism, as we have seen in the erosion and eventual destruction of the enormous economic potential it has caused in Zimbabwe over the years. Now, South Africa is also experiencing it first-hand. The stranglehold it has over law and order magnifies manyfold the economic destruction caused.
Namibia’s legacy of good leadership and respect for the rule of law has enabled us to survive through adversity and challenges, and it has united communities behind justice, freedom and dignity. This legacy places a huge responsibility on our small, but peaceful, law-abiding and diverse community to hold the line of peaceful and stable government through an independent judiciary.
We must maintain the peace to not only attract, but also protect, investments made towards wealth creation in our country – especially if we want to close the inequality gap that still exists in our society.
Namibia is not South Africa, but we can set an example for them. We can maintain peace amongst ourselves, we can obey our laws, and we can expose and prosecute those handful of opportunists that bring us down – the corrupt, and the plunderers of state resources.
Unlike the economic more powerful Zimbabwe and South Africa, Namibia’s democracy, and the community it has built around that democracy, is on the road to becoming our most valuable currency on the road to recovery. It is the only road towards the growth that our nation deserves. Namibians, united together, speaking with one voice, and working towards a singular goal, can and will make a difference.
Dr Quinton Van Rooyen is the Group CEO, Trustco Group [https://www.tgh.na/]