ANC remembers District Six

2016-02-11 16:42
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Cape Town - The ANC on Thursday paid tribute to Cape Town’s once-vibrant District Six community on the 50th anniversary of its destruction.

In 1966, the apartheid government "signed the death-knell of one of the few multi-racial townships in apartheid South Africa", spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said.

Cape Town’s coloured community continued to live with problems like gangsterism and drugs, the social and economic consequences of the forced removals of the 1960s.

Recently the city had an increased what Kodwa called forced removals. "Dispossessed and homeless" citizens were trucked off to relocation camps "as part of a bizarre urban planning experiment", he claimed.

"The newly resettled areas face a number of social problems, including crime, chronic unemployment, substance abuse and violence against women and children."

The National Party government declared District Six a whites-only area in 1966, in terms of the Group Areas Act of 1950.

Over the next decade, more than 60 000 blacks and coloureds were forcibly removed from areas in and around Cape Town, including District Six, and resettled on the Cape Flats.

Originally established in 1867 in terms of a colonial ordinance, District Six began as a community of freed slaves, merchants, artisans, labourers, and immigrants.

The ANC also commemorated the release of former president Nelson Mandela from Victor Verster Prison on February 11 1990.

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