LETTER: Ocean View took the brunt

2016-02-23 06:00

With all the requests for land, resources and money around the Far South, I wish to remind us all of the following. Close on 50 years ago, a very large number of people were forcibly removed from Simon’s Town, Glencairn, Noordhoek and even where Masiphumelele is today.

They were then dumped in a sandy piece of ground called Slangkop, which today is called Ocean View. The apartheid government placed several “plankie” (prefabricated) buildings with asbestos roofs in the area to provide space for schooling. A small clinic was built and also a small “plankie” police station. Hundreds of families still are on the waiting list for housing. It must be noted that those same buildings are still used today. One primary school had its last major work done in 1980.

It would appear that not one single government since the dawn of apartheid has planned and spent large amounts of money on uplifting Ocean View.

I would like us to prioritise Ocean View above all other communities in the Far South.

After all, this is a legacy of that dark time called apartheid and it is only right that those injustices are quickly addressed.

Johann Kikillus, Soteria Ministries

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