17 April 2019

South Africa: Court Rules Nkoana-Mashabane Must Prove She Is Not in Contempt After Failing to Deliver On District Six Case


Standing on the steps of the Cape Town High Court, residents of District Six who were forced out of their homes more than 50 years ago chanted 'we are going home to our land of District Six', after a judge ruled that Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will have to appear in court in May to explain why housing restitution has taken so long in the inner-city area.

Read previously on Daily Maverick: Keep politics out of District Six, say claimants as they head to court this week

On Wednesday 17 April, more than 50 claimants picketed outside Cape Town High Court, holding banners saying "we want District Six by 2020" and "Hands off my beloved District Six".

The claimants are former residents of District Six who are still fighting for access to houses in the area, 20 years after lodging an application.

The court sat on Wednesday to hear the case after Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane failed to deliver an adequate report on the plans for housing projects in District Six.

In 2018, the District Six Working Committee, in conjunction with law firm Norton Rose Fulbright launched an interdict against the Department...

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