I stand for the
rights of the First People of the Kalahari.
Speaker/image: Roy Sesana,
chair of First Peoples of the Kalahari
Recorded in D’kar
29 June -
23 September 2005
Greetings. I am Gosaitse.
We live near a salt pan.
There is a salt well in Zutshwa
I am Roy Sesana. I speak //Gana
and I currently live in Molapo.
I stand for the rights of the
First People of the Kalahari.
Lately these people have been
removed from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and put into settlements and in
these settlements they have undergone oppression, deprivation and their
culture is lost.
They are told that there is
development, but the development is not for them, it is for other people –
and these are the people who oppress them.
As a people they remain without
their land, their language and their culture and now when they say they want
their rights they are told to go to the High Court or to talk to this or that
I have been referred from one
person to another and in the meantime there is a lot of oppression and a lot
of injustices are being committed against my people.
This is painful to the people and
to me and as long as I live I am going to fight for the rights of the people
and for justice.
They must have their land where
they can practice their culture and their language: I live for this and
hope God will help me to realise something for the humanity of my people.
We are taken as second rate
citizens in Tswana culture: we are not like other people who have full
rights and the right to their own language.
Our language is not taught in
schools - this is inhuman and degrading and there is no future if nothing is
done to correct this situation.