Yvonne Dausab new Law Reform chairperson

03 Jun 2015 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 03 JUN (NAMPA) - The Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Namibia (UNAM), Yvonne Dausab, is now the chairperson of the country's Law Reform and Development Commission (LRDC).
Her appointment was made public by the Office of President, Hage Geingob, in a media statement availed to Nampa here on Wednesday.
Dausab, 40, replaced Sacky Shanghala, who is now Namibia's Attorney-General and a Member of Parliament (MP).
Dausab is also the Supervising Attorney responsible for the Legal Aid Clinic, and has worked in a professional environment for the past 16 years.
The statement said Dausab possesses a wealth of experience, which includes human rights and civil litigation, training, advocacy, lobbying, public service and non-governmental organisation (NGO) development work.
She holds an Master’s Degree in Law (Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa) from the University of Pretoria in South Africa and University of Legon, Ghana, as well as a Bachelor of Arts (Law) and LLB degree from the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in South Africa.
In a telephonic interview with Nampa on the same day, Dausab said she did not expect to be appointed to this position but is humbled and excited that Geingob consulted with her earlier.
“In as much as I am happy, there is quite a bit of pressure to perform, as this is what the president and the entire nation expects,” she said excitedly.
Duasab noted that she will continue with the projects her predecessor left incomplete but will also focus on changing laws, which will help improve the social conditions of Namibian people in the country.
Another focal point, she added, would be to work on laws that the country had carried over from the Apartheid era – laws such as the Abortion and Sterilisation Act 2 of 1975, which she says still contains discriminatory clauses.
Another law - the Native Administration Proclamation Act 15 of 1928, which deals with inheritance laws - has not entirely been changed, said Dausab.
Her talents have been recognised by the Law Society of Namibia that awarded her the Human Rights Excellence Award in 2012.
“The Office of the President wishes Yvonne Dausab success in her new role as Chairperson of the LRDC and thanks her predecessor and current Attorney-General, Sacky Shanghala for the excellent work he did during his tenure as chairperson,” reads the statement.