Botswana at war with the San

Support Statement for the Botswana People.

We are condemning the acts of the Botswana Government, attempting to relocation of our Bushmen/San/Kua brothers and sisters of Ranyane in Botswana for Wildlife Conservation reasons. This is an outright violation of their inherent and collective rights as indigenous Peoples.

Instead of ensuring that the San in Ranyane gain access to clean water, sanitation, health care and education, the government has chosen – without consultation – to relocate the people on the pretext that they are living on an animal corridor within a Wildlife Management Area (WMA).When the community refused, the government has stated that it will arrive on Monday with demolition equipment to level or destroy the entire community. This community is located about 200km from the CKGR and is home to about 100 people. 

This is not the first time that the government has acted in such a ruthless manner towards the San. Recently, the San were forcibly and violently removed from their ancestral home in the Central Kgalagadi Game Reserve (CKGR). At the time, the government justified this inhumane conduct by claiming that the presence of the San in the CKGR was incompatible with the preservation of wildlife and biodiversity within the park, ignoring the fact that the San people have been the custodians of the land, plants and animals in the Kgalagadi for centuries.

As support to, First Peoples of the Kalahari, Khwedom Council and our brothers and sisters.

We urge the Government of Botswana to take necessary actions on this.

We appeal to stop the enforced relocation of our indigenous brothers and sisters, respect the rights of the Indigenous peoples to land and territories and other collective rights.

Provide compensation for the displaced indigenous peoples and hold the Department of Wildlife, Ghanzi District Council and a district Commissioner of Conservation accountable for they have all been identified as supporters to the forced relocation of these peoples.

Reference:
The Press Release of the Khwedom Council ANOTHER SAN COMMUNITY FACING RELOCATION IN BOTSWANA: KHWEDOM COUNCIL SAYS GOVERNMENT IS AT ‘WAR’ WITH SAN