Court orders govt to get cracking on District Six restitution plan

The Western Cape High Court has ruled in favour of a group of former District Six residents seeking restitution from the government.

The residents want concrete answers from national government on when it plans to get them back onto the land they were forcibly removed from.

Read: Zille says steering of District Six land restitution project 'up in the air'

More than 1000 of the claimants have been seeking restitution since 1998, reports EWN's Monique Mortlock.

District Six residents at the Western Cape High Court on 26 November 2018 for their land restitution case against the government. Picture: Monique Mortlock /EWN

The judge has ordered the Commission on Restitution of Land Rights,·the Land Reform department and others to come up with a comprehensive plan immediately.

Also read: The people of District Six have lost faith in government, says committee chair

The government will have to report back to court in three months time.

The complainants, the District Six Working Committee (D6WC), have emphasised the need for urgency in this matter.

The claimants want government to come up with a concrete plan.

Monique Mortlock, EWN reporter

Government will have to report back to the court within three months and provide more feedback on implementation.

Monique Mortlock, EWN reporter

The State's lawyer did concede that there has been a delay on government's part.

Monique Mortlock, EWN reporter

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