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Title:The right to water in Botswana: a review of the Matsipane Mosetlhanyane case
Author:Dinokopila, Bonolo RamadiISNI
Periodical:African Human Rights Law Journal (ISSN 1609-073X)
Geographic term:Botswana
human rights
government policy
water resources
Abstract:The Court of Appeal of Botswana, in its 27 January 2011 judgment in the case of Matsipane Mosetlhanyane v The Attorney-General of Botswana, pronounced on the right of the Basarwa, resident in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, to water. This case note looks at this decision of the Court of Appeal pertaining to the refusal of the government to allow the Basarwa to recommission, at their own expense, an existing borehole. It examined the arguments that were placed before both the High Court and the Court of Appeal by the parties as well as the decisions of the courts. The note provides insight into the possible implications of the decision on the judicial enforcement of socioeconomic rights in Botswana. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]