Claimants promise to ‘rock the boat’

2015-12-15 06:00

The District Six Working Committee says it is pleased with the work it has done this year. Its main focus was trying to create a platform for the scattered souls of District Six and to speak one language of restitution; it believes it has done that.

The aim was to build social cohesion and to gain the confidence of the people that had lost hope for land restitution.

Shaheed Ajam, chairperson of the committee, says they are glad that they have managed to bring people together and refocus on restitution.

“Over the past two years and mainly this year we worked tirelessly to make sure that all the scattered souls of District Six in Athlone, Langa, Mitchell’s Plain and Hanover Park gain the confidence and revive the hope of getting their land back. We have done that without even asking a cent from them but solely depending on our sponsors and other donations. Now we are at that stage of wanting to get the issue of urban restitution right once and for all.”

Ajam adds that in the coming year they plan on turning the table so that people get their land back.

“This is a message to the politicians and bureaucrats who have been playing ball with our people. We are coming to get what’s rightfully ours. All those who have benefitted from the suffering of the people of District Six will fall in when we rock the boat; they better be ready to swim. We have had enough; now that we have people on our side we are coming for what’s ours.

“We are not worried now about the 42 hectares of land that are not built on. All that we want is the land that has been built on in District Six for financial or political gain. They must pay back to the people of District Six, even if it’s in the levies. We are prepared to fight even to the highest courts.”

The District Six Working Committee says it is pleased with the work it has done this year. Its main focus was trying to create a platform for the scattered souls of District Six and to speak one language of restitution; it believes it has done that.

The aim was to build social cohesion and to gain the confidence of the people that had lost hope for land restitution.

Shaheed Ajam, chairperson of the committee, says they have managed to bring people together and refocus on restitution. “Over the past two years and mainly this year we worked tirelessly to make sure that all the scattered souls of District Six in Athlone, Langa, Mitchell’s Plain and Hanover Park gain the confidence and revive the hope of getting their land back. We have done that without even asking a cent from them but solely depending on our sponsors and other donations. Now we are at that stage of wanting to get the issue of urban restitution right once and for all.”

Ajam adds that in the coming year they plan on turning the table so that people get their land back. “This is a message to the politicians and bureaucrats who have been playing ball with our people. We are coming to get what’s rightfully ours. All those who have benefitted from the suffering of the people of District Six will fall in when we rock the boat; they better be ready to swim. We have had enough; now that we have people on our side we are coming for what’s ours. We are not worried now about the 42 hectares of land that are not built on. All that we want is the land that has been built on in District Six for financial or political gain. They must pay back to the people of District Six, even if it’s in the levies. We are prepared to fight to the highest courts.”

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