Cape Town a step closer to getting Constantia land to claimants

2017-02-08 18:04
Mayor Patricia de Lille with the eight families who was forcefully removed from land in Constantia in 1960. (Supplied)

Mayor Patricia de Lille with the eight families who was forcefully removed from land in Constantia in 1960. (Supplied)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town – The City of Cape Town on Wednesday handed six hectares of property in Constantia to the Regional Land Claims Commission, in an effort to accelerate the transfer of land to claimants.

Eight families were forcefully removed from the land in 1961, after the area was declared whites only in terms of the Group Areas Act. The commission would now have to approve the transfer of the land, valued at R120m, to the families.

In her speech at Wednesday’s event, Mayor Patricia de Lille said it was an injustice that families had to wait 25 years for progress after the original land claim was made.

“It is unacceptable that people are dying before getting to enjoy the benefit of the land which is rightfully theirs,” De Lille said.

De Lille said she took another look at the land claim after the city approved an organisational development and transformation plan in August. She decided that the city’s role in the land claim had to be concluded as soon as possible.

The city had transferred 14 properties for restitution purposes in Somerset West, Simon’s Town, Milnerton, Claremont, and Dido Valley.

De Lille promised to resolve six additional land claims by the end of her term in office.

The move by the city takes place four days before the anniversary of the District Six removals.

Read more on:    patricia de lille  |  cape town  |  land

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Partner Content
How data is changing investments

Technological disruption is rife in many spheres of business and given the quantity of data available, it’s no surprise that the way in which asset managers work is also changing fast.

Behind the sparkle

Alluring, beautiful and timeless - diamonds are some of the most sought after gems in the world and are a true testament of everlasting brilliance. Let us take you behind the sparkle to show you the history behind this coveted jewel.


Fascinating facts about dogs

Think you know a lot about dogs? How many of these facts do you know?



Perfectly captured cat snapchats!
Fascinating facts about dogs
Out with the old dog, in with the new
Play with your pet when you're not at home
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.