Ajam was not pleased with this news.
“In essence what she’s saying is that they don’t have the money to build the houses and only now have looked to external partners,” Ajam said in a WhatsApp message to TimesLIVE, calling the delay “absurd”.
District Six claimants expect to finally get their chance to hear the land minister explain why a court-ordered restitution plan had not yet been finalised, a month to the day since she failed to appear in court.
The court will hear arguments from the land department on why the minister should not be held in contempt for missing the mandatory court appearance last month.
Nkoana-Mashabane must also explain why the restitution project remains delayed and how her tentative plan solves the issue.
“It’s going to be very interesting to see if the minister will be able to explain away the many inconsistencies and shortcomings of her department over the last 20 years,” said Ajam.
“Many hopeful elderly claimants have died during this period, never realising their dream to come home.”
Ajam has been active in the days leading up to the court date, encouraging members of the community to picket outside court.