NEWS 2005

 

BUSHMEN TO CONCLUDE EVIDENCE AS HISTORIC CASE RESUMES

SURVIVAL INTERNATIONAL NEWS RELEASE
14 January 2005

The historic court case being brought by 220 Gana and Gwi Bushmen against the Botswana government resumes on 17 January, with evidence from the last of seven Bushman witnesses.

Matsipane Mosetlhanyane from the community of Gugamma in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve takes the witness box on Monday. Before the court adjourned in November, witness Mongwegi Thobogelo told the court that she would never apply for a permit to enter the Reserve as it was the place of her birth. 'It was declared a reserve while we already stayed there,' she said. Bushmen returning to their land have been harassed by government officials, and arrested for entering the reserve without a permit.

In what could prove to be a test case for Bushman rights across southern Africa, 220 Bushmen are taking the Botswana government to court over their forced eviction from their ancestral land in the 
Central Kalahari Game Reserve. The Bushmen want the government to recognise their rights to return to their land and live there without fear of further eviction, and to hunt and gather freely.


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