District 6 claims are a benefit of all, not a particular class

2017-08-17 06:03

A recent meeting of the District 6 Humane Society(D6HS) concluded that the District 6 Reference Group(D6RG) instituted a form of apartheid against black claimants at its D6RG claimants meeting.

The D6HS, a registered non-profit organisation, which looks after the interest of black claimants from Khayelitsha, Langa, Gugulethu and Nyanga, claims that this has broken the hearts of many black claimants.

It is also quite fitting to say that since the inception of the D6RG in September 2012, the decisions of black claimants have hardly been taken into consideration, and that certain D6RG members have been pushing their own agenda, vying for a District Six free of black people.

Instead we need, all of us to be part of the reconstruct for a South Africa that is free of racism.

The D6RG is now made up of mostly Muslims. We cannot continue operating this way, discriminating against black claimants.

On Sunday, July 9 at a D6RG claimants meeting, black claimants were made to feel like foreigners in the land of their birth.

Black claimants do not know if they are still regarded as part of the original claimants or treated as just intruders with false claims.

They left the meeting with long faces, totally made to feel humiliated.

We could also not help but notice that no black member’s name featured on the claimant’s meeting program, but four muslims, including Councillor Achmat Williams, a leader of the racist National Party(NP), Zubeida Samsodien, Fareda Moosa and Ashraeel Cooper, with Gerald Elliott being the only non-Muslim, that were given the opportunity to address the claimants.

It is high time that black claimants also become members of the D6HS.

They need to standup and be counted, and to assist in repositioning the D6RG in playing the role of bringing claimants back to D6.

Named the sixth municipal district of the City of Cape Town in 1867, District 6 is thought to have its origins in the early 1840s, which was made up of blacks, Chinese, coloureds, Indians, Jews and Muslims- a diverse population that crossed the barriers of race, class and ethnicity.
The residents of District 6 included the descendants of freed muslim slaves. It was a vibrant District 6 with close links to the port of Cape Town.

Interestingly enough, these areas are testimony to the harmonious, multicultural communities that once existed long before Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s conception of the “rainbow nation”.

Black claimants must prove to those still dealing with their apartheid ghost that District 6 is in South Africa and not in another country.

We are living in a new South Africa and things have changed. Because nothing good will come from it; only hatred and animosity.

Working in the best interest of all should be the D6RG’s ultimate goal, and not the race card.

Mokhatla Mosia TheD6RG communications officer

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