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n Law, Democracy & Development - 'Come back when you are 65, Sir' : discrimination in respect of access to social assistance for the elderly

Volume 10, Issue 2
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Abstract

Messrs Roberts, Whitebooi, Casling and Visagie are four elderly gentlemen who live in poverty in Gelvandale, Port Elizabeth. At the end of 2005 they wished to apply for social assistance from the State. At the time of their applications, the men were over the age of 60, but none of them had attained the age of 65. Had they been female, they would have qualified for social assistance in the form of old age pensions at the age of 60. 'These pensions would not have made them rich, but would have enabled them to sustain themselves.'

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2006-01-01
2016-12-11

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