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11 September 2018

Today, the Standing Committee on Human Settlements adopted its previous minutes from Tuesday, 21 August 2018. These minutes acknowledged the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform’s commitment to transferring Phase 3 of District Six’s human settlement construction mandate to the Provincial Department of Human Settlements. It is unfortunate that the ANC remains indifferent to the people of District Six as it did not support the motion to adopt these minutes.

The ANC’s objection to this motion shows the party’s true colours as putting its own political interests before the rights of the District Six land claimants. This follows after the ANC-led National Government appointed a shoddy tender, namely, Fikile Construction, which abandoned Phase 3 of the District Six Land Restitution Program.

I am counting on Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane to make herself available for the Standing Committee on 25 September 2018. The Minister has so far failed to attend the past three Standing Committees, and I trust that she will finally come to terms with her duty, as outlined by the Constitution, to deliver to the people of District Six in our province. It is evident that this is a mandate the Minister continues to grapple with while the lives of our residents hang worryingly in the balance.

It is upsetting to see that after over 20 years of waiting the ANC will stop at no end to deny District Six claimants of their dream of returning back to their beloved community.

The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape will continue to fight for the beneficiaries of District Six, waiting to be returned to their beloved community.

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