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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