KALAHARI ECOLOGIST: BUSHMEN LIVE BETTER IN RESERVE
5 May 2005
Kalahari ecologist Arthur Albertson told Botswana's high court this week
that the Gana and Gwi Bushmen's lives were better in the Central Kalahari where they could hunt and gather than in the government
eviction camps. Albertson said the Bushmen have little impact on wildlife levels in the Kalahari, and that wildlife in the area was
The Bushmen's historic court case against the Botswana government recommenced this week, with the court due to sit until 16 June. They are
fighting for their right to return to their land in the Central Kalahari
Game Reserve, and to hunt and gather freely.
The case began in July 2004, but has faced severe delays. Nine witnesses
have given evidence so far, and it took twenty days for the court to
hear Albertson's evidence alone. This week government lawyer Sidney
Pilane announced that he planned to call thirty witnesses to the box.
Pilane seemed set to delay proceedings even further by objecting to
every question posed by the Bushmen's lawyer.
The controversy surrounding the case recently took a new twist - the
government is pushing a bill though parliament to remove Bushman protection from the Constitution. The clause to be scrapped forms the
central plank of the Bushmen's case.
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