Hundreds of District Six claimants gathered at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape…

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Hundreds of District Six claimants gathered at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town today to commemorate the 53rd anniversary of their forced removals from the area under apartheid laws in 1966. More than 60 000 people were forcibly removed to various areas of the Cape Flats after the area was declared whites only under the Group Areas Act. Just over 130 families have moved back and the Working Committee has since taken the matter to the High Court.The event was marked by music and speeches from both the claimants and government representatives. Various government officials from all three spheres were invited to take part in the commemoration. The chairperson of the District Six Working Committee in Cape Town, Shahied Ajam says they remain worried about the delay in granting restitution to claimants. Ajam says they also want a “New Dawn” for the claimants of District Six. He says there are only 134 families who are back in the area after the first and the second phases of development, while thousands were removed: “Another one thousand people who claimed between 1995 and 1998, with valid claim numbers who have been promised 20 years ago, they are still waiting outside, they are the ones who should be moved back to District 6 starting from today. We’re so happy that the court granted us the victory in saying to government you have failed in your constitutional duty to restitute the people of District Six.”











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