‘Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen,’ said Winston Churchill.
Disclaimer: I’m not a fan of Winston Churchill. He may have been all about ‘fighting for freedom’ when it came to white, Anglo-Saxon British people, but his treatment of then-British subjects in India, Ireland, Kenya and half a dozen other places falls somewhere between the imperially callous and the downright criminal.
With a colleague, I went to vote at Heja Lodge outside of Windhoek. It was an adventure in frustration. There were logistical faults, lack of crowd control and no respite from the elements. There was poor information dissemination. At one point, there was a near riot as frustrated people bum-rushed the doors and jumped the queue. I went out to vote at 10 and arrived back home just before 4. After talking to colleagues and friends, my experience echoed theirs to varying degrees.