South Africa: Anxious Wait Continues for District Six Claimants As Minister Nkoana-Mashabane Appears Before Land Claims Court

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Just days before the next set of plans about the rebuilding of District Six homes for land claimants is due, the Land Claims Court heard how the solving of 1,078 claims would make a significant dent in the number of outstanding restitution claims. Despite this, the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform could not explain why it had taken more than 25 years for former residents to be rehoused in the area from which they were forcibly removed.

The 1,078 District Six claimants continue to wait to hear if the department of Rural Development and Land Reform has met its required three-month deadline on plans to redevelop Cape Town's historic District Six -- their home.

But before that could happen, the department's minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, faced the Land Claims Court to answer why she should not be held personally responsible for the slow progress in returning claimants to the land they were removed from under the apartheid Group Areas Act.

On Friday 17 May 2019 Nkoana-Mashabane appeared before the Land Claims Court, at the Western Cape High Court. This was because the minister had failed to appear in the same court in April -- had she not appeared on...

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