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23 April 2018

The Democratic Alliance in the Western Cape is appalled that after 52 years, many District Six residents are still waiting to be returned to the area. Since 1994, more than R700 million has been allocated to the area’s development, whilst nearly 1 000 claims remain unaddressed.

This has recently been amplified by media reports, which highlighted that these residents have lost hope that they will ever be restored to their beloved area. These are the mothers and fathers who are among the 2 600 claimants promised a home by 2014.

This once again clearly demonstrates the ANC’s populist jargon which over-promised in 2014 election and will under-deliver by 2019 and begs the question, when will Gawa, Yussuf, Rosemary and Aisha be able to return to their home and community?

I will write to the National Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, to appear before the Provincial Standing Committee of Human Settlements, in order for her to explain why there have been such lengthy delays, despite R700 million having been set aside for the development. I also call on the Minister and her Department to swiftly address the pertinent issue.

As the DA we will not allow the incompetence of National Government to continue denying the rightful residents of District Six the opportunity to return to their community. The only way to restore the dignity of the community is by redressing the past and ensuring that residents return home without delay.

In the Western Cape we are committed to restoring and building inclusive communities that all residents can be proud of and enjoy.

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