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Title:Early european influences on tswana law
Author:Schapera, I.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of African Law
Geographic term:Botswana
conflict of laws
Abstract:By the early years of the twentieth century, the impact of Western influences upon the Tswana peoples of the Bechuanaland Protectorate (now the Republic of Botswana) had already led to many changes in the indigenous legal system. The nature and extent of those changes can be ascertained from three kinds of documentary material: the records of approximately 470 cases tried, over a period of six and a half years, in the highest traditional court of the Ngwaketse, a major Tswana chiefdom; minutes of the proceedings at the many popular assemblies convened by Chief Seepapitso for public discussion of tribal affairs; and letter books recording Chief Seepapitso's correspondence with government officers and other Europeans, chiefs of other tribes, and his own subjects. Of the 470 cases tried in the chief's court during 1910-1916, about 130 involved goods and practices derived from European sources. But only about 30 dealt with entirely alien practices, such as Christian marriage, payment of hut tax, and use of written documents. Ref.