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Government clamps down on freedom of speech; academic to be expelled

Kenneth Good, professor of political science studies at the University of Botswana for 15 years, has been ordered to leave Botswana. Late last Friday three men arrived at his home with handcuffs to inform him that he had 48 hours to leave the country.

Botswana’s President prejudges court case

Botswana's President Mogae told a UK audience yesterday that he would not allow the Bushmen to return to their homes in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. 'I cannot allow them to go back,' he said, prejudging the court case currently in progress.

The Bushmen fight back as Botswana’s PR efforts flounder

Three years after the Botswana government evicted the Gana and Gwi Bushmen from their ancestral land, over 200 Bushmen have returned home in spite of attempts to stop them, while Botswana faces increasing criticism in the international press.

Three years on, persecution intensifies

On the eve of the three-year anniversary of the eviction of the Gana and Gwi Bushmen from their land in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, six Bushmen have been heavily fined for hunting to feed their families.

Dying father used to evict sons

Botswana's high court has heard how government officials evicted a dying man from his home in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, and then returned to tell his sons that they would not see their father unless they agreed to be relocated.

Bushmen to conclude evidence

On January 17 the historic court case brought by the Bushmen against the Botswana government resumes.

De Beers supports Bushman book but not their rights

In what is presumably an attempt to deflect attention from the controversy surrounding its reaction to the eviction of the Gana and Gwi Bushmen of Botswana, De Beers is sponsoring the launch of a new book about the Bushmen of southern Africa.