Date set for District 6 residents' return

2012-11-03 17:30

Cape Town - Former residents of District 6 may be able to start returning to their suburb, flattened four decades ago by apartheid bulldozers, land reform minister said on Saturday.

Speaking to reporters in Cape Town ahead of a meeting in the city’s convention centre with District 6 land claimants, Minister Gugile Nkwinti said he wanted a February deadline on negotiations, so matters could start to move forward "on the ground".

Saturday’s meeting - the third the minister has held this year with claimants - is set to get a report-back from two task teams.

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-11-03 18:26

    Dammit can't they get moving and restore the District soonest possible it is after all a district that also played a major role in the establishment of Afrikaans as a language to replace Dutch. OOO, dit mag dalk die rede vir die vertragings wees!!

      frankvankaapstad - 2012-11-03 19:13

      What exactly are they going to do? Give people back their bare land, or is the Government going to build cheap houses for the people to move back into? Government might just as well save money and give each person his plot of land back without going through the expense of building houses. District 6 is such a prime location and developers will be waiting to buy up every inch of it to redevelop. Any cheap houses the Government builds will be demolished and the old residents will move back to Mitchell's Plain with loads of cash. Sadly the old District 6 will never return.

      wim.kotze.9 - 2012-11-03 19:58

      frank, just how many people do you think owned land in Distict 6? The slum lords received their compensation a long time ago, but by all means lets keep up the farce.

  • piet.boerie - 2012-11-04 00:17

    About time but it is 18 years over due. Nice electioneering by the government and as we have seen promises, promises promises. Need votes i Cape Town and with the Palestinian game, muslim votes too. We see your cheap games. What about the marginal whites that lived there?

      piet.boerie - 2012-11-04 00:21

      Funny thing is most of us whites that can trace there heritage back quite far are in South Africa actually, like me, in theorey are coloured. Thats why the family tree is not such a big thing in certain parts. LOL I always wondered why I liked baboitie so much. Can you imagine the controversy when I claim previously disadvantged due to my hidden mixed race heritage. Like Cyril claiming BEE.

  • Kirsten Jeanette Olivier - 2012-11-04 17:18

    I am so glad for all those residents and hope they a huge celebration on the day the move back. however, i do agree it has been 18 years late and mayby the ANC's way of getting brownie points in the Western Cape....

  • Jane - 2013-03-07 14:38

    Are they going to build houses for these people or just give them a bare piece of land?

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