‘Stateless’ grandmother in pension predicament

Published: 14/Mar/2016
Source: The Namibian

ALOYSIA Basson cannot precisely recall how young she was when she moved to Namibia with her parents from South Africa, but since she was baptised at Gabis in 1947, she always believed herself to be Namibian.

It was only when she was forced to retire from her work as a domestic help at age 60 and attempted to apply for a state pension that she was informed that she would first have to apply for citizenship to be eligible.

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Themes: Statelessness
Regions: Namibia
Year: 2016