State has violated District Six land claimants' rights rules WC High Court

EWN reporter Monique Mortlock talks to CapeTalk's Refilwe Moloto about the Western Cape High Court ruling ordering the government to deliver on its promise of providing restitution to hundreds of District Six claimants.

The court ruled on Wednesday that national government violated the rights of the land claimants by failing to provide restitution.

Residents' forcibly removed from the area during apartheid with claims filed by 31 December 1998, approached the court in 2018 to get answers from the government on when they will be given homes in District Six.

About 2760 former District Six filed claims seeking some kind of restitution from government.

Monique Mortlock, Reporter - EWN

1 380 verified claimants opted for financial compensation and the rest wanted land restitution in District Six.

The original houses were demolished many years ago, so government had to come up with a redevelopment plan to build new houses for the claimants.

The '1998 batch' still haven't received any restitution in the form of land.

Monique Mortlock, Reporter - EWN

In November the court ordered the State to come up with a plan, but in February government had failed to do so.

They said they are still sorting out the nitty-gritty.

Monique Mortlock, Reporter - EWN

Residents were not happy that the court order had not been followed.

Now, the High Court has ruled in their favour.

Listen to Monique Mortlock outlining the case:


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