South Africa: Government Needs to Provide Timelines for District Six Housing Beneficiaries, Says Land Claims Court

Yasiem Beckles, 4, Catherine Wagner, 91, and Cyril Wagner, 92, lead a march of land claimants from District Six to the Civic Centre (file photo).

Former District Six residents gathered on Monday morning at the Western Cape High Court for the court date between themselves and the department of Rural Development and Land Reform.

People who have outstanding District Six land claims will be able to move back to the area after a ruling by the Land Claims Court in Cape Town on Monday. The group behind the court application said it was the first step towards restorative justice for people forcibly removed from their homes under the apartheid regime.

"It's about restorative justice, to restore economic emancipation, social cohesion, identity and a sense of urgency," Shahied Ajam told Daily Maverick on the steps of the Western Cape High Court in Cape Town on Monday morning.

Ajam is the chairperson of the District Six Working Committee, an organisation representing claimants -- in this case former residents of District Six -- who had taken the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform to court in April seeking a declaratory order to admit the department failed in its constitutional obligation to provide restitution to former residents.

The case was heard on Monday morning by the Land Claims Court, sitting at the...

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