Elders have wisdom; at least that is a widely accepted traditional assumption that seems to exist in all cultures. While that sweeping generality is open to debate, I rise to applaud the stalwart comments made by our near-octogenarian Head of State and the line minister when speaking to the culturally rooted Council of Traditional Authorities (TA) in Gobabis this week. President Hage Geingob and our Urban and Rural Development Minister Peya Mushelenga have chutzpah.
There is a video making the rounds showing a teacher of young children in a Rehoboth school insulting her charges and slapping one of them. Teachers using physical aggression on students is a constant recurrence in Namibia. And yet, corporal punishment in schools is supposed to be illegal.