Namibian teachers have voted 95% in favour of strike action in pursuit of their fight for a living wage. Many had to queue for hours in order to register their votes. Even then teachers were subject to threats and intimidation as they waited to exercise their democratic right to vote.
The Namibian state has a history of attacking teachers in struggle. In 2012, teachers sent out calls for international solidarity when their leaders received death threats and classroom teachers were subject to intimidation by school managements.
The leader of teachers union NANTU pointed out that politicians sent their children to private schools which is why they are 'acting recklessly for children (in public schools)'. However since that statement the leader of NANTU has said that they are willing to compromise over the salary demand, which is clearly a worrying situation for the 95% of teachers who voted for a strike.
Meanwhile the International Monetary Fund is in the country again, no doubt reiterating its demand that the country 'contain the government wage bill.' Even as teachers struggle on low wages, and too many schools still have no water or electricity, international corporations like De Beers and Rio Tinto are making hay from the country's many mineral resources including diamonds, uranium and gold.