Bonita Bennett, Director for District Six Museum did her dissertation on narratives of trauma of people who had been forcibly removed from District Six and other areas in the Western Cape.
After almost 15 years since the closing date of 31 December 1998 for restitution claims, the majority of claimants have still not been restituted.
Bennett’s family was also resident of District Six before the Group Areas Act forced them to move to the Cape Flats.
She says she also doesn’t understand why it has taken so long for the redevelopment process of District Six after restitution claims were lodged.
Listen to the full conversation on The John Maytham Show:
I have been trying to formulate a response that is believable even to me but it’s been very hard to explain beyond a very bad bureaucracy.— Bonita Bennett, Director for District Six Museum
Also it has been difficult verifying the claims of some people— Bonita Bennett, Director for District Six Museum
For me all that could account for a delay of a year or two I haven’t quiet understood a whole range of reasons for the delay— Bonita Bennett, Director for District Six Museum