Strauss Dies in Car Crash

THE deputy director for culture at the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture, Andre Strauss, has died.

He was 56. Strauss and his wife, Anne Magdalene (58), died in a car accident on Friday between Arandis and Swakopmund along the B2 road.

Police spokesperson, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi confirmed the accident yesterday, saying Strauss and his wife died on the spot when their vehicle was involved in a head-on collision with a truck.

“The truck driver was allegedly avoiding an accident with another truck that was blocking the road due to a breakdown,” Kanguatjivi said, adding that there was no reflective triangle to alert other motorists of the breakdown.

The spokesperson of the National Theatre of Namibia, Enid Johr, said the arts and culture industry had lost a dynamic person in Andre.

“It is so sad and shocking and his death is a massive loss to our industry. Andre was passionate and he understood Namibian arts and culture. He brought the industry far and was still fighting to take it farther. When he talked about art and culture, he had so many ideas and a vision for the industry. It is really sad to lose him and his wife. They were indeed a couple that changed many lives. Our condolences to the children and his entire family,” Johr said.

Strauss is survived by three children, three sisters, two brothers and a mother. A cousin of Andre’s who spoke to The Namibian, said the deaths of the couple came as a double tragedy, and the children and relatives are still struggling to come to terms with what has happened. Because of the utter shock they experience as a consequence of their parents’ death, the Strauss children may require counselling in the days ahead, the cousin said.

In another accident, Paul de Witt of the Skubbe Bar at Henties Bay died after he lost control of his pick-up truck on the C34 road behind the dune belt between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay on Friday afternoon and the vehicle left the road and rolled several times.

De Witt was in the news last week for being in trouble with the South African police after he was caught with thousands of white mussels and cuttle-fish he allegedly wanted to bring into Namibia without a permit.

Meanwhile four people were injured when their vehicle veered off the road and overturned on the B2 between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay near Dolphin Beach on Saturday.

Source : The Namibian