Monday, August 30, 2021

Petrus Iilonga

Petrus Iilonga (1947 –2018) was a Namibian politician as well as a trade union leader and political prisoner in Robben Island.

A member of the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO), Iilonga served as Deputy Minister in various Ministries and was a member of the party's Central Committee.

Iilonga left to receive military training in Tanzania and the Soviet Union in 1974. He returned to Namibia in 1976 to fight for the People's Liberation Army of Namibia in the Namibian War of Independence. Captured by South African forces, he was imprisoned on Robben Island from 1978 to 1985.

After his release, Iilonga began mobilizing workers under the National Union of Namibian Workers.

In 1995, Iilonga became a member of the National Assembly, a position he held until his death in 2018.

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