Namibian Uprising

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Namibian Uprising

Above: Namibian insurgents ride a tank
Date September 22, 2011 – January 27, 2014
(2 years, 4 months and 5 days)
Location South West Africa (modern day Namibia)
Result South West Africa gains independence from South Africa as the Republic of Namibia
Soviet Union (unofficial)
South Africa
South West Africa
Commanders and leaders
Hifikepunye Pohamba
Vusumuzi Masondo
Adolf Hitler Uunona
Epaphras D. Ndaitwah
Marthinus van Schalkwyk
Roy Andersen
André Diedericks

The Namibian Uprising was a conflict that occurred in Namibia (then South West Africa) between pro-independence insurgents and the government of South Africa from September 2011 until early 2014. The conflict resulted in Namibian independence from South Africa and the end of the apartheid system in Namibia.

In September 2011, reports emerged from South West Africa that the capital city of Windhoek had been overrun by insurgents and that the countryside was in chaos. The South African government of Marthinus van Schalkwyk declared the situation untenable and sent in the army to stop the insurrection. Full blown fighting then broke out between the government and the rebels. Throughout late 2011, 2012 and 2013 the war had reached a stalemate. By late 2013, the war had become increasingly unpopular in South Africa. This and growing pressure from the League of Nations, convinced van Shalkwyk to cut South Africa’s losses and agree to Namibian independence. The Republic of Namibia was recognised as an independent nation on January 27, 2014.