Deputy Minister succumbs to injuries

10 October 2014 Author   Hileni Heita

Front Willem 10 OctTHE Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy, Willem Isaacks (45) died in the Keetmanshoop State Hospital on Wednesday evening following a car accident.

Isaacks allegedly lost control of his Government issued double cab, causing it to overturn on the B1 road 40 km north of Keetmanshoop.

The accident happened between 15h00 and 15h30.

//Karas Regional Crime Coordinator Rudolf Isaak said Isaacks was still alive when they rushed him to the hospital a few minutes after the accident, but later succumbed to injuries he sustained during the accident.

“We have opened an inquest and police investigations continue” Isaak said.

The deputy minister was alone in the car at the time of the accident.

Isaack was born on 31 July 1969 at Tses village in the Berseba Constituency of //Karas Region.

He started his primary school at Gainachas in 1976, and proceeded to Berseba for his Junior Secondary School education and then J.A. Nel Senior Secondary School where he completed standard 10 in 1988.

He served as a councillor at Berseba Village Council and as chairman of the council.

Swapo elected him as district coordinator and he served in that position until 2007 when the party elected him to the position of Swapo Regional Coordinator for //Karas Region.

He was one of the 10 candidates nominated to parliament by President Hifikepunye Pohamba during the 2009 Swapo Party electoral college.

Pohamba later appointed Isaacks as deputy minister at the Ministry of Mines and Energy on 21 March 2010 – a position he held until his death.

Isaacks was also a member of the Swapo Party Central Committee and the Swapo Regional Executive of the //Karas Region. Meanwhile, when asked to comment on the death of the late deputy minister //Karas regional governor Bernardus Swartbooi referred all ‘queries’ to State House.

“It is not my place to say anything; call statehouse instead,” Swartbooi said. – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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