Justice Key Dingake has ruled that three elderly sisters can inherit their father’s property instead of their nephew, who is the oldest surviving male:
“It seems to me that the time has now arisen for the justices of this court to assume the role of the judicial midwife and assist in the birth of a new world struggling to be born. Discrimination against gender has no place in our modern day society.”
Botswana, it seems, has a progressive national government that unfortunately tolerates regressive local laws and customs that run counter to its constitution. That may be about to end.