WALVIS BAY – Hundreds of Namibians and the legal fraternity has paid tribute to Advocate Shakespeare Masiza (50), who on Monday passed on after battling the dreadful Covid-19 virus at Walvis Bay.
Masiza, an avid businessman and a familiar face in the court corridors at the coastal region, was being treated in the intensive care unit of the Walvis Bay private hospital for the past two weeks after he contracted Covid-19.
His close friend, Johnny Doeseb, yesterday described his passing as a great tragedy for his family and the entire country. “He was a fun-loving person, and it is sad to see that a person who rose from the bottom to the top departs this earth without really enjoying the fruits of his hard work. His great advice and guidance will be sorely missed,” a shocked Doeseb said. Masiza was instrumental in the smooth sailing of various companies, where he served as a board member.
He was the founding board chairperson of the Namibia Desert Diamonds (Namdia), and he also served as the board chairperson of the Namibia Ports Authority, Namport. He was also the former CEO of the Road Fund Administration.
Masiza was an admitted attorney of the High Court of Namibia as well as an Advocate of the High Court until his death on Monday.
His family, who are still battling to come to terms with his death, yesterday described him as a true fighter, who is also among the first black Namibians who established Erongo, the Masiza Law Chambers.
“The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great; it cannot be quantified in words alone. Hence, we would like to thank the amazing frontline staff for their professionalism and the multitudes of prayers from across the world that were made during his time in hospital,” the family said in a statement they released yesterday.
Masiza is survived by his wife, Loraine Masiza, and their three children.
Further details will be announced in line with the Covid-19 regulations and in consultation with the family.