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“They would continue hunting because it is their livelihood. Even when the government is no longer issuing them with special licences as they used to, they have no choice but to find a way of getting meat, wild fruits and roots. That is what they eat. That is the food they have always eaten. I represent them because they are my neighbours and I only represent them on issues that affect their livelihood,” Matlho explained in a recent interview. He was in fact making reference to a number of poaching cases against several Basarwa men which are yet to be decided by the Gantsi Magistrate court. He further revealed that very often Basarwa people, especially men, who are the head of families and hunters are subjected to police brutality upon arrests. “The police often use excessive force during the arrests and they beat the Basarwa,” Matlho pointed out.
On Monday this week, President Ian Khama announced that his government has decided to ban hunting in all wildlife controlled hunting areas in the country with effect from January 2014. In his state of the nation address, President Khama said the decision was necessitated by available scientific based information.
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