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UWC alumna appointed as Minister of Justice, Namibia

The University of the Western Cape’s Faculty of Law is very proud to share the news of the appointment of Ms Yvonne Dausab, celebrated human rights lawyer and legal scholar, as the Minister of Justice in Namibia as of 22 March 2020.

(Published - 6 April 2020)

The University of the Western Cape’s Faculty of Law is very proud to share the news of the appointment of Ms Yvonne Dausab as the Minister of Justice in Namibia as of 22 March 2020. Minister Dausab attended AI Steenkamp Primary School (1981-1987) and after that A Shipena Secondary School (1988-1992) – both located in Windhoek.

She studied at UWC from 1993 to 1997, where she completed the BA (Law) and LLB degrees. She also obtained an LLM degree in Human Rights and African Democratisation, from the University of Pretoria, and a Certificate in Disability Law from the National University of Ireland, Galway in 2015.

A celebrated human rights lawyer, Dausab was admitted as a legal practitioner in Namibia in 2000 and has served, inter alia, as the regional coordinator of the Southern Africa Human Rights NGO-Network (SAHRINGON) from 2001 to 2005 in Lusaka, Zambia. She was a law lecturer and deputy dean at the University of Namibia from 2011 to 2015, and she served as the chairperson of the Law Reform and Development Commission from 2015 to  2020.

In a 2016 interview with Innocentia Gaoes, published in Sister Namibia, she was asked about the best way to achieve long term success.

 “I think to be patient and willing to learn, make mistakes, and to practise consistently, over a period of time so that you become better at your trade and/or purpose. But more importantly, not to stop learning and always remind yourself why you do what you do and doing it the best way you can,” Minister Dausab responded. 


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