Authorities in the Namibian capital Windhoek on Wednesday removed a statue of a German colonial governor following a campaign to have it taken down.
Windhoek city spokesman, Harold Akwenya, told German news agency DPA that the statue of Curt von Francois — considered by many to be the city’s founder — would be moved to the Independence Museum for safekeeping.
Francois’ descendent slams removal of statue
The statue of von Francois had been standing since 1965. However, a petition to have it removed — because of what it represents to many Namibians — was started in 2020 by activist Hildegard Titus.