[LISTEN] Demands of Khoisan activists gaining momentum - expert

Four Khoisan men have been camping outside Union Buildings for nearly two weeks in a bid to have government recognize the ethnic group as "first citizens".

The group undertook a three-week wall from Port Elizabeth to Pretoria to demand recognition of their culture and language.

They say they are willing to wait as long as it takes to meet with President Jacob Zuma.

Ray White spoke to SA History Online researcher, Kathryn Rawson.

Rawson says it is evident that the demands of Khoisan leaders are gaining more traction and that progress is being made.

On the steps going forward what is quite clear is that times are changing, and what is most evident is that for the first time ever the demands of Khoisan activists and leaders are actually gaining more attention than ever before. What is most evident to highlight this is the traditional Khoisan Leadership Bill.

Kathryn Rawson, Reasearcher at SA History Online

She explains the history of Khoisan.

They migrated from the Botswana region and then they moved in two routes, a western route and a southern route and then once again from there, there was further dispersion into much smaller groups.

Kathryn Rawson, Reasearcher at SA History Online

It was a slow, sometimes quick, dissemination in term of their independence being stripped, their land, their livestock, everything being taken from them which ultimately left them with little option but to be engaged in the workforce of many Dutch farmers.

Kathryn Rawson, Reasearcher at SA History Online

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