Homosexuality is no longer a crime in Botswana.

The government cannot appeal the verdict because it concerns a decision by the highest court in the African country.

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Homosexuality has been illegal in Botswana since 1965.

People could be jailed for up to seven years.

It is now one of the few African countries where it is no longer punishable, along with Lesotho, Mozambique, Angola and the Seychelles.

South Africa is the only African country that allows same-sex marriage.

In 2019, the Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional to punish people for same-sex relationships.

The government then appealed, saying the courts have nothing to say about the constitution.

"Homosexual people lived in constant fear of being caught when they were with their loved one," the judge said Monday.

"This often led to depression, alcoholism and suicidal tendencies."