African Human Rights Law Journal
On-line version ISSN 1609-073X
DINOKOPILA, Bonolo Ramadi. The right to water in Botswana: A review of the Matsipane Mosetlhanyane case. Afr. hum. rights law j. [online]. 2011, vol.11, n.1, pp. 282-295. ISSN 1609-073X.
The Botswana Court of Appeal has recently 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.